The hospitality industry is desperately looking for staff

Released on 21 . 09. 2021

  • Lots of free tables in front of a café in Frankfurt. Photo: Arne Dedert

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For the service in hotels and restaurants, the operators lack the employees after the end of many Corona restrictions. There are tens of thousands of vacancies across Germany.

Nuremberg (dpa) – Even months after the pandemic lockdowns in the corona crisis, the German hospitality industry is short of numerous workers. This is evident from figures from the Federal Employment Agency.

The situation is leading to a thinning of the service in the companies and even to closings, complains the hotel and restaurant association Dehoga. According to the figures from the Federal Agency, the number of vacancies in the catering industry has practically doubled since April. In August innkeepers would have throughout Germany 17. 686 vacancies reported, hoteliers more 7678 vacancies. In April the number in the catering trade was still at 10. 977 in gastronomy and with 4138 located in the hotels.

At the same time, the number of unemployed in the industry has fallen significantly – within one year of 72. 397 in August 2020 to 54. 658 in August 2020 in gastronomy. At the hotels, the number of unemployed decreased from 35 .258 on 28. 545.

The situation on the training market is particularly drastic: Knapp 17. 000 Company training positions in the hotel and catering industry are only available 5409 Applicants (previous year: 7276). Thousands of apprenticeships are vacant.

The food, enjoyment and restaurants union attributes the shortage of staff to the poor image of the industry among employees. “The causes are low wages, unpaid overtime, no reliable working hours, poor quality of training, escape from collective agreements,” judged the union. “Currently only around a third of the companies are bound by collective bargaining agreements and then usually only pay the statutory minimum wage,” said a spokesman.

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