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High Rise Boom Experiencing A Lack Of Workers

Everyone appreciates a good coat of paint, whether it’s on their car, their house, or in that large skyscraper that always looms on the horizon.

The ongoing construction boom across Sydney has lead to several dozen-skyscraper development projects, with the Sydney Central Business District looking to have an additional 30 skyscrapers, plus 40 new major hotel buildings, all set to open within the next four years. All those high-rises are going to need washers and painters, among other things.

It sounds like good news for any business in that field, like abseil painting in Sydney, as it means they’ll be in some serious demand. Unfortunately, they have hit a snag. See, there is a problem with this scenario: there aren’t that many people who operate in that line of work.

Admittedly, it’s easy to understand why not everyone is willing to work several hundred feet off the ground, with only a rope to stop gravity; heights aren’t everyone’s cup of tea. The fear of heights, or acrophobia, is one of the most common phobias in the world, with saying it affects an estimated 23 million adults worldwide. Regardless, working on a skyscraper, whether abseil painting in Sydney or window washing, is most definitely not for the faint of heart. In all honesty, I am not too keen on working in such conditions.

With any line of work, of course, there is risks and rewards. In this case, the (admittedly small) risk of injuries because of heights, as well as accidentally seeing a building inhabitant in a, shall we say, less than appropriate state is balanced out by a fairly hefty paycheque. With rope access technicians earning at least AU$65,000, with a maximum of approximately AU$100,000, depending on experience.

Director Mark Knight of Sky5, a Sydney company that handles rope access technicians, said in an article from Australia’s The Daily Telegraph that there’s more to the business than just heights and paycheques, as he relayed the story where one of his workers ended up meeting his wife, when they met eye-to-eye and the lady help up her phone number up to window said employee was working on. And they say romance is dead.

Nevertheless, this shortage is an issue, hopefully, one that will be dealt with soon enough. No doubt there are people willing to brave the heights for the pay, and, at the end of the day, who does not like their windows clean?