NOBODY WANTS TO WORK HERE
A BUSINESSMAN has closed his hairdresser salon because he can’t find staff willing to work.
Gavin Short closed his Hermit Park salon Teddi’s Hairdressing yesterday after 15 years in business.
He said it was a successful business but he couldn’t find hairdressers to service the salon’s 500 clients.
The closure comes at a time when about one in 10 people are without a job in Townsville.
Mr Short and his wife Teddi Short also run a barbershop and shaving shop in the same centre as the Charters Towers Rd salon which will remain open.
Mr Short said he was disap- pointed to close the business. “We can’t find staff because no one wants a job,” he said.
“We’ve advertised everywhere but people are more comfortable sitting on the dole than getting a job.”
He said unemployment in Townsville was at the highest level he’d seen.
“I would have thought it would be easy to find staff,” he said.
“Hairdressing is a good career and we’re good employers.”
Mr Short, whose family has been in business in Townsville for about 150 years, said he offered staff generous wages.
“I pay everyone above the award,” he said.
Mr Short said he wanted to sell the business but had received no interest.
“I was happy to give it away to someone who is young and keen and wants to take on our client base but we haven’t been able to find anyone.
“For this to happen at this time ( high unemployment) is very disappointing.
“We’re not failing. It’s just there are no workers available.”
Mr Short said he had to close the salon to keep the barber shops open.
Staff from the salon will be transferred to those stores.
On Friday the Bulletin reported baker Frank Aspland had been turned down by 10 jobseekers after he offered them apprenticeships.
Mr Short said he could relate to Mr Aspland’s situation. “I feel for him too,” he said. “You really want to have a go and give people jobs.”
Teddi Short gave the final haircut to customer Lorna Mead yesterday.
Mrs Short said it was emotional day.
“It felt awful, it wasn’t a happy affair,” she said.
“We tried hard to keep our business going. It’s sad day for me.”
Townsville has the second highest unemployment rate in Queensland, recorded at 10.1 per cent in May.
The Queensland Outback region has the worst rate at 13.2 per cent while 6.6 per cent of people in Cairns are without work.
CUT UP: Teddi's Hairdressing owner Gavin Short can't find the staff to keep the business going, so has to close.