The shortage of hotel staff is hurting the industry on the Costa Blanca North and elsewhere Image pexels-andrea-piacquadio-3928260
Hoteliers, restaurateurs and club owners on the northern Costa Blanca say a shortage of staff is hurting the recovery of the industry.
Owners this publication and 20minutos have spoken to say there simply aren’t the staff available, let alone qualified staff, with few willing to enter an industry that involves long hours and low pay.
Many sites have not reopened or have had to scale back operations as they struggle to cope without the staff they need. One place we spoke to, who wished to remain anonymous, said about a third of their positions were vacant. This required making some adjustments to the offer, as well as the number of opening days.
And for them it is a big concern as Spain heads into what is expected to be a very busy summer period.
Manuel, a former hotelier who 20minutos spoke to, said after closing his bar that he now works as a waiter. The problem, he says, is: “People don’t want to work weekends and the hotel business is made for weekends.”
He added that there is no respite in the industry, with relentless long hours and locals becoming less inclined to enter the industry, which until the pandemic was supplemented by labor. staff from all over Europe. But many of them have moved to countries with better pay or to new careers, with most countries in Europe experiencing staff shortages.
The owners called on the regional government to do something about the situation, saying the shortage is hurting the industry.
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