Bars and restaurants are struggling to recruit enough staff and a few might not be ready to fully reopen in May after thousands of workers left the world.
Venue owners say they’re expecting huge demand from customers, but staff shortages may mean they need to limit opening hours.
Figures suggest quite one in ten UK hospitality workers left the industry within the last year.
Recruitment site Caterer.com said the pandemic and Brexit were responsible.
Some have managed to seek out alternative employment, but a high proportion may have left the United Kingdom altogether, the recruiter said.
So, although many hospitality workers were laid off during the last 12 months, restaurateurs are now finding it hard to fill places.
Celebrity chef Michael Caines is one among those finding recruitment difficult.
He operates two restaurants on the Cornish coast and a hotel in Exmouth. A beach bar and restaurant in Exmouth is additionally due to open.
He is currently trying to rent 20 new staff members across the group.
“Without question, recruitment may be a challenge,” he said.
“All of the companies are extremely busy. For subsequent three, four months our hotel is booked up, so we’re desperately trying to recruit enough staff.”
Mr. Caines said Brexit and therefore the pandemic have led European workers to go away and not return, but he said another problem is that the number of workers still on furlough.
While they’re waiting to return to figure, they’re less willing to modify employers.
“A lot of individuals feel very concerned about leaving employment where they qualify for furlough to require the new job where they would not qualify for furlough if there was another lockdown,” he explained.
“So, there is a little bit of nervousness from an employee’s point of view.”
Mr. Caines is hoping roles are going to be more easily filled when students hack from college and university and begin trying to find summer work.
Restaurants and bars are allowed to serve food and drink outdoors on 12 April, while indoor dining is predicted to restart from 17 May. and lots of UK hospitality venues hope pent-up demand and a more UK-focused season to translate into a bumper summer.
As a result, recruitment was a “growing issue”, said UK Hospitality chief executive Kate Nicholls. it had been more acute in some areas, like London, than others, she added, and will mean some venues struggle to reopen.
The trade association said chef vacancies are among the foremost difficult to fill. But restaurant owners have reported staff shortages across all kinds of roles.