The shortfall of Workers in Hospitality

There has been widespread publicity about the shortfall of workers in hospitality businesses. Many have left the industry after lengthy lockdowns and restrictions due to the pandemic. On top of that, many EU nationals who previously worked in hospitality are no longer able to work in the UK.

In response, there has been a call in Greater Manchester for hospitality employers to sign up for the ‘Good Employment Charter’ to try and attract staff back to the sector. The Charter helps employers improve conditions for their employees through:

  • Providing secure work but also flexibility.
  • Working towards paying the real living wage.
  • Improving engagement with employees.
  • Adopting best practices in recruitment to attract the best candidates.
  • Identifying progression opportunities.
  • Fostering employee health and wellbeing.

Filling Vacancies Within Hospitality

Traditionally, hospitality workers have perhaps been seen as second-class citizens and have often been paid less than in other sectors such as retail and office work. There is a critical need to address this so that hospitality businesses can fill their vacancies and bounce back from the challenges experienced over the last 18 months. Therefore, employers should consider how best to demonstrate their commitment to their employees and to fair working practices.  

One way to do this in Greater Manchester is through the Good Employment Charter. Involvement with the Charter has various other benefits, too, including access to resources and support. Further details of the call to hospitality businesses can be found here.

You can also get more information about the Good Employment Charter here.

Of course, legal compliance is also key, and our experienced employment lawyers can help your business ensure it complies with its legal obligations and avoids legal disputes.

Here to Help

If you have any more questions or would like more information regarding the Good Employment Charter, then please contact our Hospitality and Leisure Solicitors on 0161 941 400 or email the Hospitality and Leisure Team.