Australia’s workforce shortage: ‘never a better time to be applying for a job’, experts say

Australia’s workforce shortage: ‘never a better time to be applying for a job’, experts say

Written by Peter Hannam from the Guardian

Post-lockdown recovery has workers well placed to cash in on labour shortages by demanding higher wages


When Jan McKenzie first heard Guardian Australia journalists had arrived without notice at her Cafe Sydney restaurant on a frantic Friday afternoon, her first question in jest was, “can they wait tables this weekend?”

Just three days after reopening from almost four months of lockdown, McKenzie has been run ragged trying to lure back staff to meet the burst of bookings for her elegant eatery overlooking Circular Quay.

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Top cereal and oilseed growers honoured at the Yield Enhancement Network Awards 2021

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Despite an average growing year for most crops, many growers managed to go above and beyond their predicted max yields, with Lincolnshire grower Tim Lamyman taking the top spots for his wheat yields and his world record breaking winter barley yield.

The highest cereal and oilseed yields achieved at harvest 2021 were announced at this year’s Yield Enhancement Network (YEN) Awards on Wednesday 24th November at the Croptec Show. With award presentations by Tom Bradshaw, Vice President of NFU, 24 farms took home the evening’s top awards for highest yield and highest potential yield achieved for wheat, winter and spring barley, oats, and oilseed. The 2021 winners came from all corners of the UK, as well as from as far afield as Finland and New Zealand.

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