It was a single job advert for a minimum wage position as a waiter in a Manchester restaurant.
Buoyed by the ‘eat out to help out’ scheme, Peru Perdu, a Peruvian themed restaurant in the heart of the city was looking for someone to join its serving staff.
Within four days, 320 people had applied and by the time the ad was taken down, 947 people had submitted applications.
Recruitment consultant Abi Dunn, who posted the ad, told Channel 4’s Dispatches for a programme to be broadcast Monday night that typically they would have had between 20 and 30 for a position like this.
And said that they were surprised by that and that it was a true indication of where the sector is at and that they were recruiting in different times.
Among those applying was Faye, a dancer on a cruise ship. She’d been forced to move back in with her parents and was struggling to find a position that paid even the minimum wage.
She said it took her a long time to get a job on the cruise ships. It took her two years of auditioning.
She said that she’s rather small for a dancer, 5 feet 2 inches and she found it hard to crack through that wall to get a job, which was her dream job.
When asked about how many jobs she’d applied for, she said it felt like hundreds and that maybe it was hundreds and she said that when she first started applying, she was applying for everything, even things she was probably under-qualified for because, you know, you do feel so desperate.
Among the applicants for the position, even those with years of experience in hospitality were finding it difficult to get noticed.
Jake was most recently a manager in a luxury hotel and he thought it would be easier with a degree and ten years of experience, but it’s been a struggle and he said he probably only had one and a half months rent left in his bank account and that would only take him through to November.
Admin worker Kerry was one of 1,000 people to lose their job at luxury carmaker Bently. She said that her savings was going down and that she was able to put money into her savings and in the children’s accounts, from there to nothing.
She said that she did get a little bit of money from Universal Credit as it is now and that she just put it all into the joint account and that was her contribution at the time to pay for the house because she didn’t want to lose her house, and she said that she’s not even going to be able to put money away towards Christmas presents this year and that upsets her.
This isn’t an issue of lockdown, it’s the issue that our Government don’t want to help those in need and this is called mismanagement from our Government, but then what do you expect from a Tory Government?
In New Zealand they’ve been well managed, no more casualties and only one case that’s come from someone in quarantine, coming from overseas.
There Government gave everyone self-employed funding early on, which helped enormously. The problem is Britain has far too many people not observing proper health guidelines, so infection is running wild in places and it’s the same in the US and now very negative consequences of lockdowns are going to destroy economies.
However, if Governments gave everyone a universal living wage, then the economy would still be okay and that’s what we should be lobbying for.
There was a time when it was the Government’s job to help the unemployed find work, through what was called the Labour Exchange, but that all changed and now there are far too many unemployed people frantic to find work, applying for jobs and everyone is fighting one another for work when the Government should still be helping them.
Plus many permanent jobs have been superseded by several people working shifts, it’s called the ‘insecurely unemployed’.
Fewer workers rights that end up needing top-ups by benefits, but those top-ups allow the Government to vet everyone’s earnings – dictatorship masquerading as socialism.
It also massages the true unemployment figures by passing off part-time workers as being in permanent, if not full-time employment. On the other hand, it also suits the Government to keep a reserve of permanently unemployed to drive down wages and workers demands.