Half of hospitality workers fearful over job security

20th November, 2020 by Owen Bellwood

More than 50% of hospitality workers are concerned about their job security amid the pandemic, according to a new survey.

A survey found 54% of hospitality workers are concerned about job security

A new report from recruitment platform Jobs.ie found that 54% of employees in the hospitality sector were concerned about the security of their job in the weeks and months ahead as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The report also found that 100% of those polled had reconsidered their future in the industry as a result of the crisis. According to the survey, 17% of workers cited limited opportunities as a factor in their decision to reconsider their careers.

According to Jobs.ie, 34% of hospitality workers have been asked to work shorter hours and two out of 10 respondents said they will not earn enough to live if they stay working in the industry.

The survey of 1,671 workers across the retail and hospitality sector also found that 9% of hospitality employees have not returned to work due to personal or family health concerns around Covid-19.

Of those polled, 61% of hospitality workers said they have been able to return to work since restrictions began in March, and almost nine in 10 workers said their employers had taken all reasonable steps to protect their health at work.

Christopher Paye, general manager at Jobs.ie, said: “Today’s data suggests that there is a high risk of many retail and hospitality workers leaving the industry, as the fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic has forced them to reconsider their choice of career. This is extremely worrying and could spell a potential future skills shortage if not addressed.

“Collectively, both of these sectors support almost 330,000 jobs, accounting for approximately 16% of total employment. To safeguard this level of employment and maintain viability within the sector, government and industry must continue to work together to ensure that current supports remain in place – but more importantly, that they are revised and updated in line with any further Covid-19 developments.”

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