Million hospitality workers poised to return
ALMOST one million restaurant, pub and hotel workers are to return to work in July as around 60pc of hospitality businesses welcome back customers.
Some 960,000 staff are expected to return to work from furlough over the course of July, according to industry trade body UKHospitality, after Prime Minister Boris Johnson gave some firms the go-ahead to reopen from Saturday July 4.
Another 720,000 are expected to come off the furlough scheme in September to see more than 1.6m people back to work in the hospitality sector, which is Britain’s third largest private sector employer, with 3.2m jobs.
However, according to UKHospitality’s survey of 15,000 venues, around 320,000 redundancies are anticipated as businesses scramble to cut costs following months of little to no income.
Around 7pc of businesses do not expect to be operating the majority of their sites until October due to social distancing and other restrictions.
Kate Nicholls, chief executive of UKHospitality, said: “Everyone can see the devastating effect that this crisis has had on hospitality businesses. Venues have been closed for months.”