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Hospitality industry could be lacking 60,000 temporary workers over Christmas

A detailed analysis of Christmas and New Year staffing requirements from hospitality companies has revealed where the greatest need may be this holiday season. 

The analysis was completed by Adia, looking at temporary posts placed through its platform. It shows that 47% of companies are looking for waiting staff; 19% for housekeeping staff; 18% are looking for chefs and 16% are looking for bar staff.

Given that there are almost 123,000 licensed premises in Britain, if even half of those are open on Christmas Day, and should require only one temporary member of staff, it could mean the industry will be looking for up to 60,000 temporary workers to tide them over the holiday period. 

Adia’s UK country manager Terry Payne says: “At a time of some economic uncertainty, having the staff in place that enables them to capitalise on the commercial opportunity that the holiday period represents is critical for hospitality businesses.

“It is essential that you have enough staff to ensure that customers receive the best possible experience, are served promptly and the business operates efficiently during this peak period”.

The Adia app enables businesses to meet the growing demand for temporary staff by leveraging the advantages of the Now Economy. They can access previously untapped quality candidates for short-term need, such as for events where demand for staff will naturally fluctuate, all the way through to the more traditional requirements during periods of peak demand.  

Employers can use the Adia app to hire new staff, plan shifts, issue contracts and approve timesheets all from a single platform. Businesses can register in a matter of minutes, and can begin hiring staff as soon as their account is verified.