At La Grande-Motte, one restaurant did not receive any applications for a pizzaiolo position with a permanent contract of 2,400 euros net per month with accommodation. His announcement on social media allowed him to receive 400 applications.
Four experienced professionals from the area are tested in four days to try to find a job as a Pizzaiolo. Before reaching this luxury of being able to choose the best candidate, the boss of the restaurant Le Prose in La Grande-Motte was struggling to get hired. “I had already posted an ad on social media and specifically on Indeed, but I had not received any application for three weeks!“Joris Bauchais reports.
As summer approaches, he and his social media partner are worried about this unprecedented situation. The current pizza maker resigns on May 17, 2022. “At this rate, we did not know if we could offer pizzas this summer.“, the boss clarifies. Then they decide to publish an announcement on Facebook and Instagram in the form”rant“.”“Clémence, my wife, did not understand why we had received zero CVs when we offered good pay and good working conditions.” developed by Joris Bauchais.
“For us it was also a way of informing our customers that they might not have pizzas this summer.“, says the restaurant. And to continue:”we would never have imagined it, it surprised us even more, we did not even have time to answer all the phone calls!he exclaims.
In three days, the publication was notified more than 5,000 times and the restaurants received at least 400 applications from different cities in France.
This story is indicative of the crisis that the catering industry is going through. Since Covid-19, restaurants have been finding it difficult to recruit.
People left the profession because the pandemic created some insecurity because it was closed for almost a year for the last two years, when it was an area where people thought they still had work to do. Also, people have tasted the pleasure of being home at night, with family. It is therefore necessary to adapt the working conditions to the new requirements in order to be able to hire.Joris Bauchais, director of the restaurant Le Prose
Joris Bauchais has decided to increase the salary offered to this famous future pizza maker by 20%, which obviously motivates the candidates. It also highlights a problem “which connects those looking for work and those who offer it“.
The restaurant wants to highlight the opportunity it has the financial ability to increase the offered salaries. “I have another, smaller institution with which I can not afford to pay employees the same way“Le Prose serves an average of fifty bars at noon and eighty at night. 24 full-time equivalent employees have permanent contracts at this restaurant. And to conclude:”in all these discussions we never talk about the customer. We do not wonder if he was willing to pay more to be able to pay our employees better. And I do not think that’s true.“