There is a lack of trust in hospitality but there is good news in Hastings

From: Peter M Hull, Montgomery Road, Hastings

Friday, 2nd July 2021, 7:42 am
Updated Friday, 2nd July 2021, 9:36 am
"We are recruiting!" (Photo by Rob Pinney/Getty Images) SUS-210207-073434001

I read with interest Stephen Wynn-Davies article in this week’s Observer: ‘Hospitality sector struggles to fill vacancies’.

As a qualified grill chef with a local and well-known site, 20 per cent of our kitchen staff are EU nationals and we have retained those.

Natural wastage has reduced our kitchen numbers to a point where the company can struggle to fill shifts and although recruitment is open, very little take-up is happening.

I believe this is lack of trust in this employment sector. Perhaps a good news story is needed. Whitbread Brewers Fayre have shown a policy, over all Covid lockdowns, of trying to retain its ground floor staff.

Throughout the pandemic we have been reassured by the company directors, have never received less than 80% wages (furlough) and have been offered online “top-up” training and opportunities to earn 100% by working to tidy/clean/redecorate our workplace.  

Indeed, there was even a cash bonus for those staff who remained with the firm, once we’d been open for a month.

Our jobs have been held secure for so long because Whitbread stand out in the sector; its staff are trained and it can see the worth in keeping this workforce.  

By retaining us the restaurant was able to hit the ground running upon lockdown relaxation.

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