Companies in many industries are struggling to retain employees and fill positions amid the labor shortage in the United States.
But according to the Wall Street Journal, one position in particular has become even more difficult to recruit: that of assistant manager.
The co-founder of Square Pie Guys, a San Francisco pizza chain, said he had been trying to fill a deputy manager position for months and ultimately had to give up, according to The Journal.
“This job is particularly seen as thankless, overworked and underpaid, period,” Danny Stoller told the publication.
Stoller said he advertised the job in November 2020 and had not received any applications from a qualified candidate. He even increased the annual salary during the advertised 10-month period from $ 55,000 to $ 70,000.
After two months, Stoller said he changed the role to a CEO position. “Applications have exploded and the company recently made an offer to a candidate,” according to the Journal report.
Square Pie Guys did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
A record number of Americans are quitting their jobs in search of better wages, benefits and working conditions.
Some employees in the hospitality industry said they felt overworked and underpaid due to taking on too many roles during the labor shortage. For example, Dana Gurry, store manager at Dairy Queen, said she quit her job after almost 14 years for these reasons, Insider’s Judy Brumley reported.
However, it was not just managers or assistant managers who filled vacancies amid the labor shortage. Grace Dean of Insider reported that an 81-year-old retiree has re-entered the workforce to work as a runner at her favorite restaurant, after closing her dining room due to understaffing.
Recently, the vice mayor of a city in California took on a third job at a local restaurant to deal with the city’s labor shortage. “I decided to lead by example,” Sarah Aquino told CBS News.
If people can “go out and help these companies fill these positions, it helps the companies while also helping the town of Folsom,” she added.
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