South Shore busi­nesses still look­ing to hire for sum­mer sea­son

South Shore Breaker - - FRONT PAGE - KATHY JOHN­SON kathy.john­son@bel­laliant.net

With the sum­mer tourist sea­son in full swing, tourism op­er­a­tors along the South Shore are still look­ing to fill jobs at the many re­sorts, ho­tels, inns, eater­ies and other venues in the re­gion.

In a sur­vey con­ducted by the South Shore Tourism Co-oper­a­tive in early June of their part­ners, 49 per cent of the 40 re­spon­dents from across the re­gion rep­re­sent­ing var­i­ous sec­tors said they have va­can­cies with some 40 jobs they’d like to fill.

The great­est need ap­pears to be in food and bev­er­age op­er­a­tions. “There’s a real de­mand for cooks, line-cooks and servers both on a full-time, sea­sonal and year-round ba­sis,” said Donna Hatt, chair of the South Shore Tourism Co-oper­a­tive. “Many also cited a need for clerks in re­tail and in­ter­preters, at front desks along with house­keep­ers and main­te­nance folks.”

The sur­vey con­firmed that the chal­lenges ex­pe­ri­enced last sum­mer in find­ing em­ploy­ees con­tin­ues to plague the re­gion this year. While tourism on a year-round ba­sis is grow­ing in the re­gion, the in­dus­try is com­pro­mised in meet­ing de­mands as they can’t find enough peo­ple to hire, says the South Shore Tourism Co-oper­a­tive.

An­gela Steeves, gen­eral man­ager at Oak Is­land Re­sort, says, “Like sev­eral other busi­nesses, we have been work­ing to build de­mand so we could cre­ate more jobs and en­hance the suc­cess of our busi­ness and our com­mu­nity.”

Feed­back from the sur­vey sug­gests there’s a lack of lo­cal ap­pli­cants which is com­pounded by a lack of sea­sonal hous­ing for those want­ing to come into the area to work. A few re­spon­dents also said trans­porta­tion chal­lenges con­trib­ute to the is­sue.

With a goal to con­tinue fos­ter­ing tourism rev­enue growth and gen­er­ate more jobs within the re­gion, the South Shore Tourism Co-oper­a­tive will be ad­dress­ing the is­sue and seek­ing so­lu­tions as the year pro­gresses with plans to reach out to the Nova Sco­tia Com­mu­nity Col­lege, Tourism In­dus­try As­so­ci­a­tion of Nova Sco­tia, mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties, MLAS and MPS and school boards.

In the mean­time, the South Shore Tourism Co-oper­a­tive sug­gests that if you know of some­one look­ing for full-time, part-time, sea­sonal and year­round work, the re­gion is still hir­ing. Check out ca­reer web­sites like In­deed or www.job­bank.gc.ca for more in­for­ma­tion.

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