To run a successful restaurant, staffing is one of the biggest challenges, and in recent years the gap between open positions and qualified workers has widened. The situation has gotten to the point where the shortage has been called everything from “crippling” to “plaguing” to a full-blown crisis.
Enter Jobletics! Launched two years ago in Boston, Jobletics is currently in the process of expanding to Philadelphia, and it has been called “the Uber of restaurant staffing.”
The comparison is somewhat apt. The platform offers an on-demand labor force, connecting hospitality companies in need of workers with people in need of work. When restaurants could use an extra hand — whether it’s because a regular employee took an unexpected sick day or a big catering job is coming up — they post on the service, which then matches them with a person ready to fill in where needed, either front or back of the house.
Philly will be the company’s sophomore market because of its bustling restaurant landscape, Jobletics founder and president Rahul Sharma told Billy Penn. “It’s densely populated and it’s got an up-and-coming food scene. It caught our attention.”
He appears to have tapped a pent-up desire. Several Philly businesses have already created Jobletics accounts, Sharma said — “there’s already a waiting list.” Peter Hwang, proprietor of Rittenhouse Korean gastropub Southgate, isn’t one of them, but on hearing of the impending launch, he immediately expressed interest.
“There’s a high amount of turnover in our industry,” Hwang said. “Anywhere we could get competent people at quick notice is probably a good resource. Line cooks are tough [positions to keep filled], so are dishwashers. Even things like hostesses — there’s a lot of turnover.”