How much will casual staff cost this Christmas?

The Christmas period is fast approaching, and SMEs want to rely on their employee numbers through this busy time, but how much should they be paid?

While Christmas means cheer for many, for SMEs it can mean stress as they try to ensure that casual, part-time and full-time employee numbers are maintained, and that their business can meet the holiday demand.

If SME owners want to make sure their employees are treated right, they need to be paid right.

According to Adzuna Australia CEO Raife Watson, casual and part-time employment are on the rise, and full-time employment will fall over the holiday period.

“The jobs market in 2016 has not provided many positive talking points so far, with flat wage growth and a growing trend in underemployment,” Mr Watson said.

What should you be paying your employees this holiday?“A spike in new part-time and casual positions to cater for the Christmas rush is welcome news.”

For SMEs that are confident with their employment numbers, Mr Watson said to start planning now about which employees will be available to work through the holiday period.

“It is also essential to communicate to your staff the potential to earn extra money with penalty rates being paid on public holidays,” he said.

Adzuna Australia provided a list of professions that are commonly found in SMEs, and how much SME owners are expected to pay these staff on Christmas Day:

Profession  Standard rate (per hour) Christmas Day Rate
Correctional supervisor (Level 2) $31.94 $70.26
Cook (Level 6) $22.49 $50.61
Food and beverage attendant  $21.90 $49.28
Transport worker (Level 10)  $22.08 $55.20
Security officer (Level 5)  $27.30  $54.60

My Business previously spoke with Mr Watson about recruiting employees via job aggregators - read the conversation here.

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