UK hospitality hit by severe staff shortages after lockdown, industry chiefs warn
Many pubs, restaurants and nightclubs yet to reopen after the lengthy winter shutdown are desperately seeking staff to take advantage of the surge in demand this summer.
The number of job postings in the UK hospitality sector has shot up by 46 per cent since indoor trading was allowed to resume in England on 17 May, according to the consulting services firm RSM.
Michael Kill, chief executive of the Night Time Industries Association (NTIA) said both Brexit and the loss of staff during the long pandemic have left many firms struggling with their reopening plans.
“There are severe staffing shortages,” said Mr Kill. “A lot of workers are from Europe, so Brexit has had an impact, and there is the furlough hangover, where a lot of people have now got other jobs to keep themselves going and are not coming back.”