Job postings in the hospitality sector, meanwhile, have risen well above their pre-pandemic levels.
Staff shortages are due to a number of factors, including furloughed staff finding work elsewhere, European workers not returning, people having health fears of working in the industry and the ongoing closure of many venues..
A quarter of licensed premises – an estimated 25,000 venues – are still closed, according to industry statistics firm CGA and AlixPartners.
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It is estimated that around 27% of hospitality staff have returned to work after being on furlough.
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