Recession-O-Meter: The Service Industry Switcheroo!
March 14, 2009 (164 Responses)
IF EVER you needed a clear sign that the recession is here in full force then look no further than the new McDonalds burger joint in Ennis, County Clare.
During the so-called “Celtic Tiger“Â period the clearest sign thatÂ our economy was on the upswing was the fact that all the services jobs went to foreign nationals. By that what I mean isÂ most of the jobs in the service industry were being filled by non-Irish people who had migrated here because the economy was booming. Service jobs were suddenly not good enough for Irish people and they ditched them and moved on to bigger and better things.
Conversely the surest sign that our economy is in the shithouse is when the non nationals start leaving the country to head elsewhere and, most importantly, when Irish people start looking at the service industry again as a viable employment opportunity… usually becauuse there is nothing else for them to work with.
And so we come to the opening of yet another McDonalds burger joint, this timeÂ in Ennis, County Clare.Â When they recently advertised for staff, they became overwhelmed by the sheer volume of prospective employees hoping for a chance to join the extended Ronald McDonald family. The noteworthy item however is not just the volume of respondants (over 500), but moreÂ the fact that a huge percentage of themÂ areÂ well-qualified Irish professionals, including accountants, architects and bankers, all looking to sign up to serve burgers for a living. Apparently so many people responded to the adverts for the jobs that the opening has had to be put back 2 weeks in order to process all the applications. This tells us two things on the recession-o-meter:
- There are already too many professionals out on their asses from recent job cuts and now they are looking to do any job possible to bring in a wage, even working at a McDonalds.
- The fact that Irish are applying for these minimum wage jobs again in the service industry highlights the exodus of non-nationals to other countries.
It’s oficial folks; if you have a job do whatever you can to keep it. It’s going to be a rough 2 years for everyone.