Trade bodies estimate staff shortages will cost hospitality £21 billion

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Available staff shortage reaches ‘severe’ level as business hours cut

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Taf shortages in the hospitality industry have reached “severe” levels, causing nearly half (45%) of operators to cut business hours or capacity in response, causing the industry an estimated £21 billion in revenue loss. There was a tax shock of £5 billion. Treasury.

According to a joint survey by UK trade bodies for the hospitality industry UKHospitality, the British Institute of Inkkeeping and the British Beer and Pub Association, staff shortages cause one in three businesses in the sector to close “one or more days a week”. is forcing. ,

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Recent figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) state that a record 174,000 jobs are currently available in this sector.

The combined survey shows that the biggest shortfall is for in-house roles, with 81% of operators looking to fill vacancies. Cooks are the most sought after with 76 percent of operators, followed by kitchen porters (67%) and assistant managers (53%).

In a joint statement, UKHospitality, the British Institute of Innkeeping and the British Beer and Pub Association said: “These figures clearly show the threat to the industry and the country for financial losses through taxes arising from the current staffing crisis. In short, This workforce shortage threatens the recovery of both the sector and the UK economy.

“Operators are doing everything possible to help resolve this issue, from increasing pay to flexible working. However, this can only help so much, and targeted support should be given to the sector to resolve the crisis. ,

Earlier this week, UKHospitality CEO Kate Nichols said the current transport strike could deal a “deadly financial blow” to hospitality businesses, which are already struggling to survive after the pandemic and lockdown Because businesses were forced to close their premises.

It is estimated that the three-day trade union strike action will result in a loss of £540 million to the industry.

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