Hospitality industry complains of acute labour shortage

Workers leaving sector and PUP blamed by some for difficulty in finding staff

Willie Aherne, owner of the Palace Bar on Fleet Street, Dublin, retained all full-time staff but said other pubs around the city were struggling to fill posts. Photograph: Alan Betson

Willie Aherne, owner of the Palace Bar on Fleet Street, Dublin, retained all full-time staff but said other pubs around the city were struggling to fill posts. Photograph: Alan Betson

Restaurateurs have called on the Government to bring forward the phasing-out of pandemic unemployment payments (PUP) as they struggle to fill “thousands” of vacancies.

Indoor service in restaurants and pubs resumed on Monday after months of closure because of Covid-19 restrictions. Industry participants said the availability of PUP payments had contributed to a labour shortage made worse by some workers securing jobs in other sectors and non-Irish-national staff leaving the State.

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