Celebrity chefs Rick Stein and Michael Caines are among hospitality bosses struggling to hire enough staff as the country’s lockdown is eased.
A combination of housing shortages, absence of international staff and workers not returning from furlough have been blamed for the problems.
On Monday, indoor dining can resume – marking the most significant milestone to date for businesses in England.
But restaurants, hotels and pub owners are now facing skyrocketing demand coupled with fewer workers.
Jobs lost in hospitality account for 43 per cent of the national total during the coronavirus crisis, with many staff who lost employment moving into retail – and others heading back to their home countries in Europe.
As restaurants open back up for a roaring summer trade, bosses have started to feel the shortfall.
Rick Stein Restaurants would normally hire a quarter of their workforce from Europe and rely on international staff, especially during … Read the rest