Mil­lion hos­pi­tal­ity work­ers poised to re­turn

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Business - By Han­nah Ut­t­ley

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.”

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