RESEARCH | Staff Reporter, UK

Hospitality industry to face “significant” staff shortages due to Brexit

Research from Planday says this is due to one in ten sector workers considering leaving the UK.

The UK hospitality industry could face significant staff shortages, according to a study from workforce collaboration software company Planday.

The survey, conducted by YouGov, reveals that just over one in ten workers (11%, equivalent to around 330,000 staff nationally) working in restaurants, catering, bars and hotels are thinking about leaving the country due to Brexit.

This is contrasted with hospitality managers’ expectations that only around 4% of their workers are considering leaving the UK due to Brexit.

Meanwhile, 3% of hospitality managers predict that they will be forced to close their businesses as a result of Brexit, which nationally could equate to around a £1.1 billion loss for the economy and almost 1 in 5 (18%) of hospitality managers find recruitment harder now than in April 2017. 53% or more than half of workers surmise that Brexit has made the UK a less welcoming place to live and work.

“There’s clearly false confidence within the hospitality sector with almost three times as many workers considering leaving as managers expect. Now more than ever it’s crucial that managers make sure they have the right infrastructure in place to engage their employees and build genuine loyalty,” Planday chief commercial officer John Coldicutt said in a statement.

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