Canberra-based independent grocery retailer Supabarn believes it has found an edge in attracting staff amid serious labour shortages in the sector.

Owner Theo Koundouris says offering staff flexible access to wages has helped attract talent — and there has been a quick uptake among existing staff.

“It’s been hard to find staff with the absence of international student and visa holders the past few years. Now we’re looking for new, innovative ways of doing things to attract and retain our staff,” Koundouris says.

“Half of our employees live paycheck to paycheck. In the first week we introduced it we had a huge uptake and very positive feedback.”

Supabarn partnered with payroll software company Paytime to implement the program. The company cites an independent survey of more than 1000 Australian workers in the retail, healthcare, manufacturing, hospitality and mining sectors and found that 81% would like the opportunity to access earned pay before their regular payday. Nearly three-quarters of respondents said it would influence their decision to accept a job offer from one employer over another if early access was available.

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