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Sacha Lord, Night Time Economy Adviser for Greater Manchester reacts to research revealing more than 90,000 EU workers left the UK’s hospitality sector in the last year:

“There are over 2,500 hospitality vacancies right now across Greater Manchester and the depletion of staff across the industry is on a scale that is difficult to comprehend. There are severe recruitment issues and many venues are closing midweek, unable to open full time purely due to staff shortages.”

“Not only has the workforce been decimated by Brexit and the introduction of salary-threshold visas but the closures enforced during Covid lockdowns have forced staff to leave the industry and retrain, or seek higher wages elsewhere.”

“As we rebuild, we can’t now expect the youngest and hardest hit by the pandemic to be satisfied with minimum wage roles, when they can earn higher salaries elsewhere in office work or in retail.”

“By continuing to pay staff minimum wage, the industry is shooting itself in the foot and can’t expect to attract new entrants. It needs to now look hard and reevaluate what it is offering its staff in terms of salary in order to really compete with other industries and survive.”

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