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Hospitality industry needs to replace 6% of labour force who leave monthly

Employers are pressured by wage hike demands and staff turnover.

The hospitality sector is facing headwinds in staff turnover as they have to replace 6% of workers who quit their post every month, data from the Fourth showed.

Rates of pay are also rising sharply, increasing 7.5% for r pub workers and 6% for restaurant employees.

Despite this, the Fourth said more people are joining the industry and the numbers are nearing 2019 levels. 

“The overall staffing headcount in pubs, bars, hotels, restaurants, and quick service restaurants (QSRs) is up 21.7% compared to June 2021,” read the statement.

Headcount in the industry also went up by double-digit percentage points versus every month in 2021.

Compared to other areas, growth in the number of staff slowed compared to other sectors. It was up by 1.9% in June. This figure is contrary with hotels (27.3%), QSR (25.8%) and restaurants (25.7%). 

Sebastien Sepierre, Managing Director – EMEA, Fourth, said, “The latest data in the Fourth Hospitality Workforce Report reveals genuinely encouraging signs. With businesses finally able to enjoy a prolonged period of uninterrupted trading, we are seeing consumers return to venues in strong numbers.”

The figures were sourced from a database of more than 700 companies across the restaurant, pub, bar, and hotel sectors.

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