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07/03/2021

30,000 UK jobs lost in dining sector massacre

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A recent article by the Independent has highlighted how covid-19 has hit British jobs in the dining industry.

In 2020 almost 30,000 job losses were recorded across hotels, restaurants and various other dining businesses in 2020. According to recent figures the UK has seen a whopping 163% growth in job cuts across the industry.

Recent data compiled by the Centre for Retail Research revealed that 29,684 jobs were lost. The numbers represent a sharp rise from 2019, when 11,280 job losses were reported across the sector.

The dining industry has been hit by many big closures over the last 2 years but it seems that the UK being hit with two national lockdowns,curfews and severe service changes for health and safety reasons is likely to make a bad situation much worse.

The CRR also said that branch closures by hospitality firms increased by 75% in comparison to 2019. For example on the Isles of Scilly only 5 diners remain open, according to Altus’s latest report.

Professor Joshua Bamfield, director of the CRR, said the pandemic accelerated a major shake-up of the sector. He said: “The sector experienced rapid growth in outlets during 2014 to 2017 as successful chains added additional branches. But they frequently paid too much, whilst maintaining quality standards proved difficult.”

Will dining ever be the same again in the UK, it certainly seems a long way off.

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