Hairdresser Alison McDonald can’t find another qualified hairdresser to work in her salon.
Hairdresser Alison McDonald can’t find another qualified hairdresser to work in her salon. KARLEILA THOMSEN

Call for hairdresses

ALISON McDonald has finally yielded and cut her working hours. She’s the boss after all.

She now reluctantly closes her Maryborough hairdressing shop on Wednesday afternoons and has chopped her working week from 52 hours to 48 hours.

“I have to do it. I can’t get any shopping done. I can’t attend doctor’s appointments, dentist’s appointments. I can’t enrol my child at school,” she said.

She has two children, aged five and one.

What she doesn’t have is a trade-qualified hairdresser to help out at her busy Alison’s at Tinana business on the Gympie Road.

And she has tried to find one – for the last eight months.

“I’ve tried all the job agencies in the area and they tell me they don’t have anyone on their books,” Ms McDonald said.

Newspaper and internet advertising has also failed to yield any interest in the position, apart from one person who had to withdraw her application when she fell pregnant.

Her latest move had her contacting the TAFE campus in Hervey Bay which offers training in hairdressing at an onsite salon.

“They told me they had similar calls from four or five hairdressers in Hervey Bay,” she said.

“I’m not the only one in this situation.”

Ms McDonald has run her business for about four years and had two employees who left in February.

One decided to make the move to Brisbane, the other also fell pregnant.

Yesterday she had four customers on the go as the Chronicle arrived.

Shooting her photo was interrupted as she raced to answer the phone.

“You think of all the unemployment around and I just don’t understand why I’ve had nobody for so long. It astounds me,” she said.

She “severely” recommends hairdressing as a career.



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