June 17, 2021

Complex worker shortage problem strains businesses, employees in central Maine

Every time Barbara Clark gets notified of a new application to Pete’s Pig Catering & Barbecue, she makes immediate contact.

Rarely, if ever, does she hear back.

“I just shoot them a message asking if they’re available and nobody responds,” said Clark, who owns the Waterville business with her husband, Pete. “You just don’t hear from them.”

Pete’s Pig Catering & Barbecue co-owners Pete Clark, left, and wife Barbara work in the kitchen Tuesday with cook Alex Smith in Waterville. Rich Abrahamson/Morning Sentinel Buy this Photo

Recent ads posted by the Clarks on their business’s Facebook and Craigslist pages resulted in 23 applications. Just three followed up. One interview resulted from the ad and the person was hired. Pete’s Pig is starting employees at $16 an hour and offering a bonus for employees who stay on the whole season, which runs from May 18 through the…

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