Labor shortages in the hospitality industry after the pandemic, a trend detected globally, are affecting the sector in Ireland, for example, with traditional pubs, one of the country’s biggest tourist attractions, closing. And with a change in hours.
That is why the business representative group presents its concerns to a committee of Dublin Parliament on Wednesday, where they will ask the government to take action in this regard.
According to them, many pubs throughout the island are experiencing «serious difficulties» Hiring and warning employees that the quality of service is affected Lack of skilled and experienced workers, which affects tourism.
Association of Authorized Taberners (LVA, in English) said today that four out of ten pubs in Dublin are now open four days a week, while others remain closed for longer periods to give their employees a break.
Its executive director, Donall O’Keeffe, recalled that about 33% of the hospitality workforce has left the sector Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic in March 2020.
The manager said the health crisis had prompted the Irish executive to impose harsher restrictions, which mainly affected pubs through “extraordinary locks”.
“We were closed or heavily restricted for almost the entire two years. We lost more than a third of our workforce during that period, with many foreign workers leaving the country even after they returned home,” O’Keefe told NewsTalk radio station.
He said others have left the sector to work in other sectors of the economy as restrictions are eased.
LVA warns that this problem will affect tourism in irelandWhich is now nurtured by a “younger” workforce, but unable to provide “the same quality of service”.
Similarly, he believed that closing pubs during the first days of the week would change the “atmosphere” of cities and, above all, rural areas, where these establishments are also the focal point of their social activities.
The LVA will today join with Ireland’s Pub Keepers Federation (VFI) to urge the government to reform legislation aimed at easing work visas for non-EU citizens.
Some politicians have even pointed out that part of the problem lies in low wage which are paid to less qualified workers in the sector, who receive a minimum of 10.50 euros an hour and rely on tips to supplement it.
On the other hand, the labor supply has increased after the pandemic and the rate of Unemployment Last month in Ireland stood at 5,5%Close to what experts consider full employment.
The global hospitality jobs crisis threatens the survival of Irish pubs