JOBKEEPER EXTENSION REQUIRED TO PREVENT JOBSEEKER EXPLOSION

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The Australian Hotels Association (AHA) WA has released extensive survey results which demonstrate the importance of extending the Federal Government’s JobKeeper scheme to WA’s hotels and hospitality businesses until at least the end of the year.

AHA(WA) CEO Bradley Woods said the results underscore the fact that JobKeeper has saved countless businesses and tens of thousands of jobs, but shows there is clearly a need to extend the scheme for WA’s hotels, restaurants, bars, pubs and taverns beyond September.

“The results reiterate and quantify what we have been hearing from venues across the state for many months, in that the scheme has been a lifeline for many, but will be required until at least the end of the year if we are to prevent devastating job losses,” Mr Woods said.

“Hospitality businesses are now in the precarious position where they are seeking to recover, but are facing the cessation of a scheme that is keeping them afloat. JobKeeper has been a godsend and employers know that such subsidies cannot last forever, however the period between September and December will be critical to the survival of many.”

“The AHA’s extensive business survey results are clear – failure to extend JobKeeper for the hospitality industry beyond September will have one in five businesses dismiss or reduce the hours of employment for between 50 and 100 per cent of their staff.”

AHA(WA) survey results

  • 530 responses
  • 93.7% of respondents (businesses) are signed up to the JobKeeper payment scheme
  • Over half (53.4%) of all respondents have between 50% and 100% of all staff on JobKeeper payments
  • 32.6% of all respondents have over 70% of all staff on JobKeeper payments
  • If the JobKeeper payment scheme ends on 30 September:
  • 31.5% of respondents expect to dismiss or reduce hours of employment for 10-29% of their staff
  • 30.4% of respondents expect to dismiss or reduce hours of employment for 30-59% of their staff
  • 9% of respondents expect to dismiss or reduce hours of employment for 50-59% of their staff
  • More than one in five respondents (20.5%) expect to dismiss or reduce hours of employment for 50-100% of their staff
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