Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Industry Appears a Bit Hairy; Hairdressing Is in High Demand

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Industry Appears a Bit Hairy; Hairdressing Is in High Demand

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THE walls of Amanda McDermott's hair salon are covered with stunning pictures of Schwarzkopf models flaunting the latest haircuts.

The shelves are stocked with top-of-the-line hair products and latest GHD styling tools. Although her salon is undoubtedly a beautiful place to work, there is nothing glamorous about being an apprentice hairdresser.

The base wage for a first-year apprentice in Queensland is about $7 an hour and includes long shifts of working on your feet and dealing with meticulous clients.

Hairdressing is still a skill that is in high demand and is on Australian skills shortage list.

Ms McDermott says she loves her job but hairdressing is hard work and is not for everyone.

C[pounds sterling]For me I'm up at 5am doing paperwork and then I'm in the shop by 8am to be ready to start work at 9am,C[yen] Ms McDermott said.

C[pounds sterling]We can finish at 5pm Co 7pm sometimes depending on the day.

C[pounds sterling]In hairdressing it is always all about the client so I rarely have a lunch break. …

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