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Friday, 2 December 1938

A grave shortage of domestic help is reported in the. metropolitan area. Bad as the position has been in the past employment brokers declare that it has never been as bad as at present. Girls will not take domestic work in private homes and they are literally pressed into this service only as alast resort. Employment brokers state that they have numbers of girls available for work, but they want specific' jobs with domestic service definitely excluded. The proprietor of one employment agency said that 50 girls could be placed as maids and cooks-general in private homes if they were available. There were about sixteen agencies in Perth and it was not an exaggeration to say that if 500 trained girls could be secured for domestic work they could all be placed in employment almost immediately.

Another employment broker said that a serious position had arisen. Prospective employers were desperate. Their appeals for help were an embarrassment to registry office proprietors who could do little or nothing for them. Girls applying for posts after making the request for a job, said: " But don't give me housework. I won't take it on any more." Mention of housework to nineteen out of 20 girls applying for work provoked a. shrug of the shoulders. Experience had shown that not more than one girl out of ten was prepared to cook for a family and that only about one girl in 20 was a good cook . . . Professional men are perturbed by the shortage of maids and cooks-general for private homes

Mr.Curtin . - If the wives of professional men cannot cook, how can they expect to obtain cooks from other families? The wife of a professional man is no more entitled to domestic assistance than is the wife of a. working man.

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