355,000 fewer employees in hospitality than last year, says ONS

There are around 355,000 fewer employees in the hospitality sector in 2021 compared to the year before, according to employment figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Some 78% of those leaving the hospitality payroll employment were under the age of 35, and more than half who lost jobs are under 25.

Furthermore, in the wider job market, four in five of people who have lost their jobs since the pandemic began are under the age of 35.

Kate Nicholls, CEO of UKHospitality, said: “Today’s figures convey the current fragility of hospitality but also the sector’s importance to national economic recovery. Once again, the increase in unemployment, particularly among younger age groups, underlines the importance of the Government to stick to their commitment to drop Covid restrictions from 21st June, and for continued support for the sector.”

“Hospitality business’ ability to reopen will remain massively hampered until the Government can deliver on its commitment to dropping legal requirements of Covid restrictions and measures on 21 June.”

She added: “Even then, with so many companies facing rent debts and business rates bills, after more than a year with little trading, many companies – and thousands more jobs – will be in jeopardy unless further support is forthcoming.

“Should the 21st June date lapse, employer furlough contributions could also tip businesses over the edge. Additional support for jobs, coupled with longer-term plans for training, are vital.”

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