Bosses Offering Free Rent, Food to Attract Workers

Australia is facing a tight labour market and it’s forced some businesses to get creative in their hunt for new talent.

Take Melbourne cafe group Only Hospitality – the Victorian team behind cafes like Bentwood Fitzroy, MOB Camberwell and Clubhouse Malvern – who are offering free rent and accommodation to staff on the Mornington Peninsula.

Elsewhere, companies like McCabes Lawyers in Sydney are offering free breakfast to staff on Fridays, while the Smile Factory dental group in Newcastle is offering staff a free gym membership.

Sharpe Engineering in Queensland is giving staff “on demand” pay, so they are paid immediately for the work they have done.

It follows a recent KPMG survey, which found 77 per cent of senior executives thought finding and attracting talent was their biggest challenge for 2023.

The CEO of pay on-demand service Paytime, Steven Furman, said employees currently had the upper hand in negotiating for extra benefits.

“Companies who don’t think ahead and outside the box, when it comes to employee perks, are going to get left behind in the battle for the best talent,” he said.