Andreas Rost, owner of the Organic Bread Bar in the Sydney suburb of Paddington, is nervous and with good reason. As an employer of four 457 visa workers, he is unsure if he will be able to keep operating thanks to the government’s abolition of the skilled visas.

Mr Rost told The Australian Financial Review he had been forced to employ four out of his 11 staff on 457 visas because he found it difficult to find Australians who were willing to start work at two or three in the morning.

“I’m originally from Germany and it’s similar there, if a country is wealthy physical work becomes unattractive,” he said.

“In large bakeries people can start work at 7am… but in a small bakery you have to start in the night, so I think it’s more difficult for a small business to find people.”

Mr Rost said he had also had problems in the past with local workers who he would train in artisan baking for three or four months and then leave the small business after six months, while foreign workers who would usually stay for two years.