The UK’s hospitality sector has seen a mass exodus since the pandemic and Brexit, with more than 90,000 EU workers leaving the industry.
It’s a different story now. Jobs portal Caterer.com said three out of five hospitality employers are now receiving more applications from workers in the United Kingdom than ever before.
Many who took on temporary jobs in other sectors during the lockdowns are now returning to the hospitality industry.
Vacancies on Caterer.com have grown by 342 percent since the reopening of the hospitality industry, with more than 28,179 vacancies currently being advertised on the site.
Though some areas are will be particularly affected by the loss of workers from the European Union. At one point, it was estimated that the percentage of EU workers out of all hospitality workers in London pre-pandemic was as high as 75 percent.
Kathy Dyball of Caterer.com said: “The staff shortages the sector has been grappling with was exacerbated by the recent ‘pingdemic’ [when workers are alerted by the UK’s official health app to self-isolate] and staff being taken out of work at no notice.”
Though she noted that “it’s encouraging to see more UK workers entering the industry as people see the valuable, long-term opportunities hospitality can offer.”