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Vacancies drop but wage bills climb as hospitality tackles labour issues

Published:  09 March, 2023

Labour shortages at Britain’s top managed hospitality groups may be starting to ease, but rising wage bills are piling more pressure on some fragile businesses.


Chronic staff shortages accelerate unprecedented hospitality wage inflation

Published:  30 January, 2023

Average wages for hospitality workers have risen 53% over the past 10 years, according to a new study released by charted accountancy firm Hazlewoods.


10,000 young people across UK secure jobs in hospitality thanks to Springboard charity

Published:  13 December, 2022

Leading hospitality charity Springboard has led more than 10,000 people into employment through its initiative, which launched in October 2020.


Staffing the English vineyard boom

Published:  16 November, 2022

All too often in our industry lately, the word ‘staffing’ has been swiftly followed by ‘crisis’ – and for good reason. UK Hospitality estimates there are 170,000 unfilled jobs in hospitality (not including seasonal and casual workers) – a vacancy rate of 10%.


Diageo partners with Springboard and Prince’s Trust to tackle staffing crisis

Published:  01 November, 2022

Diageo, maker of Guinness, Smirnoff and Johnnie Walker, has announced a new three-year partnership with Springboard and The Prince’s Trust to help tackle the staffing crisis in the hospitality industry.


It’s time to break boundaries to solve the staffing crisis

Published:  21 October, 2022

Unemployment levels are at a record low, while the total number of job vacancies in May-June 2022 was 1.3 million, according to the latest figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).


Big Issue and C&C join forces in recruitment initiative

Published:  22 September, 2022

Leading drinks manufacturer and distributor C&C Group is embarking on a new, three-year partnership with the Big Issue Group to support the communities it serves across the UK and Ireland, aiming to change lives through enterprise.   


Coping with the on-trade’s staffing crisis

Published:  20 September, 2022

While a severe lack of staff to power the on-trade is having an impact on many businesses, Chris Losh looks at the factors at play beyond Covid and Brexit.


Businesses urged to get behind ‘Hospitality Apprenticeships Week’

Published:  16 September, 2022

Trade bodies, charities and training providers have come together to promote Hospitality Apprenticeships Week 2022, running between 3 and 9 October.


The Drinks Trust partners with Equal Measures to promote diversity

Published:  23 August, 2022

The Drinks Trust has partnered with the Equal Measures initiative to support marginalised and underrepresented people within the cocktail and spirits industry.


Consumers and on-trade at a stand-off over costs

Published:  22 August, 2022

As inflation takes hold of consumers and businesses alike, the hospitality industry remains in a deadlock, with businesses planning for more challenging times ahead.


Hospitality business leaders react to staffing crisis

Published:  17 August, 2022

Unemployment levels are at a record low, while the total number of job vacancies in May-June 2022 was 1.3million, this is according to figures released today by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).


The charity helping vulnerable people find work in hospitality

Published:  21 July, 2022

Only A Pavement Away, the hospitality sector charity aiding prison leavers, veterans and those facing homelessness back into employment, has laid out plans to assist the industry in tackling the staffing crisis.  


Hospitality cries for help

Published:  07 March, 2022

James Bayley dives into ‘quintuple shock’ looming on the horizon in April, as businesses call for more ongoing support to boost recovery.


Severe staff shortages dampen Freedom Day

Published:  20 July, 2021

The number of new job vacancies in the hospitality sector rose by almost 10% in the last seven days, according to new analysis by audit, tax and consulting firm RSM.


Webinar: Tackling the on-trade staffing crisis

Published:  09 March, 2021

Most would agree that quality staff are the lifeblood of customer-facing food and drink businesses. But, with the ongoing staffing crisis further exacerbated by Covid and Brexit, good team members – front and back of house – are proving harder to find as hospitality venues move towards reopening.


At the 11th hour, how will a no-deal Brexit affect the wine trade?

Published:  16 October, 2019

As the UK fruit and vegetable harvest gets into full swing in the looming shadow of Brexit, headlines such as The Guardian’s ‘Tonnes of crops left to rot as farms struggle to recruit EU workers’ are becoming commonplace.