Just Cuts salons across New Zealand are struggling due to ongoing staff shortages, and the 29 smaller family salons are calling on the government to open international borders as a matter of urgency.
Hairstylists across the country are currently struggling to survive the three-hit impact of COVID management, staying above rent and retaining and attracting staff to the industry.
CEO Amber Manning said Just Cuts has even created an apprenticeship program to train local talent, even though Just Cuts only employs fully qualified hairdressers, but the government won’t support it.
First opened in New Zealand 25 years ago, Just Cuts salons now employ 325 stylists across New Zealand, and 116 stylists are urgently needed to fill vacancies.
Quotes attributable to Amber Manning, CEO of Just Cuts
“Just Cuts thanks the New Zealand government for their support of small businesses to date, and we call on them again to help our salon owners and teams rebuild.”
“I call on the government to understand the nature of the staffing epidemic that all New Zealand hairdressers are still facing, and then urgently reopen borders to address the shortage.”
“Just Cuts has already formulated a local solution in an apprenticeship program which the government will not support, so we are writing to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Minister for Education Chris Hipkins to reconsider their support for Just Cuts apprenticeships. ”
“The Just Cuts Apprenticeship Program is supported by the Australian Government in all Australian states and territories, and our salon owners deserve the same support in New Zealand to help them cope with the current and extremely critical staff shortages. they are currently facing here.”
“On behalf of our network of 29 small family businesses, I am appealing to the NZ Hair and Beauty Industry Training Organization (HITO) to help us support our hairdressing businesses.”
“Just Cuts is helping our New Zealand salons not just tread water, but swim through this pandemic. We need the government to help our stylists continue to grow their businesses and support valuable careers that can last a lifetime in the hairstyling industry.
“Nobody wants our salons to close because they don’t have enough staff to open their doors.”
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