Massive labor shortage in the exclusive Hamptons, leaving the rich to mow their own lawns
A massive labor shortage left the privileged inhabitants of the Hamptons to fend for themselves.
The combination of soaring local rental prices, the ban on temporary work visas and the fact that many hospitality workers do not wish to rush to their exhausting and poorly paid jobs after generous Covid unemployment- 19, left many Hamptonites without paid help for the first time.
Some wealthy residents have even been forced to do the unthinkable; mow their own lawn or wash their own laundry.
“I had to buy a lawn mower and mow my own lawn. I wanted flowers planted behind the pool, ”posted a resident on the Nextdoor neighborhood app. “The landscaper didn’t show up. I had to do it myself, ‘
The same person added that their brother must have taught them to use “the thing that cuts weeds”.
– Yesterday, I finally did that. I had to take off my $ 800 sneakers first, but it was really satisfying, ”added the resident.
A massive labor shortage has left the wealthy and privileged residents of the Hamptons to fend for themselves in ways they never could have imagined. Pictured is the shore of the Hamptons
Additionally, 74% of job seekers believe employers need to re-evaluate their post-pandemic benefits, including healthcare, sick and parental leave, and flexible work hours, according to the survey (pictured)
According to real estate firm Douglas Elliman, the stock of available housing in the Hamptons fell in the first quarter of the year as house sales and prices rose.
This means summer workers are struggling to find rentals, leaving many establishments short-staffed for the season.
“Right now it’s peak season in the Hamptons and we’re closed Sunday and Monday; we don’t have enough cooks, ”Eric Lemonides, co-owner of Almond told The New York Times.
Other factors are also at play.
Due to a general ban on J-1 work visas in 2020, temporary workers are forced to cancel their initial plans to spend the summer working in the United States
COVID-19 restrictions have reduced appointment capacity, according to the US State Department, creating “a significant backlog of immigrant and non-immigrant visa applicants awaiting visa interview.” .
Meanwhile, some American workers are choosing to withdraw from the service sector, after many lost their jobs during the lockdown, blaming bad wages, bad benefits and a stressful work environment as the cause, according to a Joblist poll.
Hospitality jobs are unpopular, according to the survey, with 38% of former hospitality workers saying they don’t even consider a hospitality job for their next job.
Additionally, 74% of job seekers believe employers need to re-evaluate their post-pandemic benefits, including healthcare, sick and parental leave, and flexible working hours.
As real estate skyrockets, summer workers struggle to find rentals for the season, leaving restaurants and stores understaffed. In the photo, a “help wanted” sign appears in an empty bar
The result is a lack of available labor that has forced stores and restaurants across the country to offer membership incentives, such as iPhones or bonuses, or higher salaries to entice staff. to return to work.
In the Hamptons, the shortage means it is nearly impossible for residents to find an electrician, plumber or gardener.
The labor shortage has even hit the beauty regimes of residents of the Hamptons, as salons struggle to find enough staff to meet the huge demand.
In June, even before the season started, Annie Barton, owner of Salon & Day Spa in Amagansett Square, said she had “never seen a summer like this”.
“We have a two week wait list and some hairdressers have a one month wait list,” she told Vanity Fair.
Barton said she has been letting her regulars know all year to pre-book or run the risk of not getting a date.
“Everyone’s going for the natural look this year. If you see unpainted nails, you know they just can’t get a date. I watch them in nail salons with dates and they laugh, ”said one resident.
“You can’t do your nails either,” said another East Hampton resident. “Everyone’s going for the natural look this year. “
“If you see unpainted nails, you know they just can’t get an appointment. I watch them in nail salons with dates and they laugh, ”they added.
The lack of these benefits is a major factor in attracting employees right now, with 55% of job seekers saying they would even consider taking a lower-paying job if it offered better benefits, according to the survey (photo)
Survey (pictured) says hospitality jobs are unpopular, with 38% of former hospitality workers saying they don’t even consider a hospitality job for their next job
The problem of the labor shortage has also had an impact on the local government.
Jay Schneiderman, the supervisor for the city of Southampton, said the municipality was struggling to recruit people for positions in the city.
The region has been without a municipal accountant since May last year and has been unable to fill vacancies for six secretary positions and three building inspectors in addition to other roles, according to the human resources department.
“We can’t pay them enough to live in the community,” Schneiderman told The New York Times. “We need to create more affordable housing, we are doing it. This creates problems for so many businesses.
“It’s not just the city, and certainly not just the restaurants: it’s the hospital that needs nurses, schools need teachers and guards. Everyone is overpriced, ”he added.