BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — On Tuesday, Boston Mayor Michelle Wu got to power washing and scrubbing off graffiti on a brick wall on the corner of Maverick and Border Streets in East Boston, showcasing just one of the many important city jobs open and hiring.
"This is the bread and butter of what we are proudest of in terms of the services we provide to residents, but we need to keep building up our ranks," Wu said at a press conference.
WBZ's Karyn Regal asked the mayor about Boston's residency requirement for city positions, in tandem with the notably high expense to live within the city limits. According to UpNest, the average cost of living in Boston puts it in the top one percent of the most expensive cities in the world.
"There are certain categories of jobs where we are in such dire need of staffing [that is] affecting basic city services such as 911, food service and cafeteria workers, that the residency commission has actually granted a temporary residency waiver," Wu said.
Though the Department of Public Works does not seem to be receiving such a waiver, with an average salary of $40,000 to $50,000 a year. According to the City of Boston's Career Center, there are open positions at the Boston Public Library, the Environment Department, and Parks Department just to name a few.
WBZ's Karyn Regal (@karynregal) reports.