Sydney restaurateur, Bill Drakopoulos, scouting for staff overseas amid local shortage

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Hospitality venues across Australia are scouting for workers overseas amid a local staff shortage, The Sydney Morning Herald (SMH) reports.

Staff shortages across the hospitality space have been a persistent issue throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Hundreds of thousands of temporary visa holders, many from the hospitality industry, left Australia and have not yet returned.

READ MORE: ‘Bring on the 11th’: Lunch spots are filling fast at Bill Drakopoulos’ Sydney restaurants.

Sydney restaurateur, Bill Drakopoulos, confirmed this “desperate shortage of staff” in an interview with The Age and The SMH.

Sydney restaurateur, Bill Drakopoulos, who owns The Fenwick, said he has started to knock back some reservations due to shortages. Photo: Steven Siewert.

“I could probably do with another 70 staff,” Mr Drakopoulos, who owns Sydney venues such as Ripples, The Fenwick and Ormeggio, told the newspapers. “It’s still pretty tough.”

READ MORE: Bill Drakopoulos buys iconic NSW Central Coast pub for $15 million.

Mr Drakopoulos said he’s started scouting overseas for front-of-house and back-of-house staff in response.

It’s been a slow process so far and he’s been forced to limit the number of bookings at some restaurants to ensure they had sufficient staff to serve customers.

But he remains “optimistic it’ll come good.”

Source: The Sydney Morning Herald.

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