The new data, aggregated from the analysis of more than 700 companies in the restaurant, pub, bar and hotel sectors, shows that workers in the EU currently represent 32% of the workforce hotel management, compared to 42% in October 2019.
UK workers currently represent 53% of the working population, up from 46% in October 2019; while workers from non-EU countries currently represent 15% of the workforce, up from 11% in October 2019.
The proportion of workers in the EU has been steadily decliningsince the UK officially left the European Union in January 2020, which was closely followed by the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic two months later.
Fourth observes that these latest labor trends are occurring across all industry sub-sectors, especially in the last six months through April, when Covid-19 trade restrictions began to soften.
The catering sector has seen the biggest change, with UK workers currently making up 46% of the total workforce, up from 40% six months ago in April. The proportion of catering workers in the EU has increased from 47% in April to 39% today.
This is closely followed by the pub sector, where UK workers currently make up 73% of the workforce, up from 68% in April. This was offset by a drop in the number of workers in the EU, as they represent only 20% of the workforce today, down from 28% in April.
The hospitality industry has seen the smallest change in the six-month period, likely because the industry has not been able to rebound as quickly as restaurants and pubs due to strict travel restrictions that remain in place for many years. longer periods. The proportion of British hotel workers has fallen further from 57% in April to 60% today; the number of workers in the EU has increased from 28% to 24%.
“Given the current climate, where labor shortages continue to prove extremely difficult for operators, it is clear that there is a war for talent unfolding in the hospitality industry.” , said Sébastien Sepierre, Managing Director – EMEA, Fourth.
“Vacancy rates are at record highs and it is evident that the pool of European workers has shrunk considerably.
“Technology and digital solutions play an important role in navigating these waters, helping operators hire, onboard, engage and retain team members. do not suffer.
Fourth data indicates that the total number of staff in the hospitality industry remains stable, at the same level as at the same time last year (but down 18% from 2019), and increasing regularly from month to month since March.
The size of the workforce edged up 0.3% in September from August as operators stepped up their recruitment efforts.