California caterers cant find enough workers to New Year's Eve demandsWanted: bartenders, Disc Jockeys and waitresses to work on the biggest party night of the year. Its an ad that isnt attracting attention, and is causing problems for people trying to give New Years Eve parties in California.
Party planners are swamped with requests for their services but cant meet the demands because they cant find enough workers. Some employees are demanding five times their normal pay to pull a New Years Eve shift. Other workers dont care how much they can make they dont want to work on December 31.
To ensure they have New Year's Eve workers to keep up with the New Year parties many caterers are bumping wages, raising their rates and limiting the number of jobs theyll accept. Workers who would normally make &75 to $150 for a six-hour shift will make an average of $400 to $600 this New Years eve.
"If you know anyone whos ever worked in the business, now is the time for them to dust off their black-and-whites and get back out there, because theres money to be made," Peter Lydon, manager of Posh Parties & Special Events told the Los Angeles Times.
One Hermosa Beach catering service, Total Success Event Services, is getting 10 calls a day from individuals looking for caterers but the owner has to turn down the business because he cant find the workers and doesnt want to make promises he cant keep. President Rich Fuson has a roster of about 600 servers, bartenders and culinary employees but has been struggling to get them to work this New Year. Fuson has found only 250 of them willing to work, which means he has to keep his parties at a minimum this New Years Eve.
Its not just waitresses and service people who are looking to make more money this year.
Disc jockeys and bands have also dramatically increased their rates. DJs who make about $500 to $750 on an average Saturday night- and who usually get $1,000 to $1,500 on the typical New Years Eveare demanding up to $3,500