Restaurants & hotels in Italy face acute staff shortage issue

 Wednesday, June 30, 2021 


Rising difficulties related to recruitment, echoing reports of constant labour shortages in the U.S., British and Australian hospitality industries, could obstruct Italy’s anticipation in terms of recovery and the wider euro zone.

Italy has simplified all curbs related to coronavirus and tourists have started pouring in the country. However, restaurants and hotels are experiencing an unforeseen issue staff related to staff shortgae.

Mario Draghi, the Prime Minister and his unity government is counting on a strong rebound from the recession of 2020, Italy’s deepest since World War II, and is eyeing on tourism — aided by the EU’s new COVID-19 pass — to lead the way this summer.

However, emerging difficulties in terms of recruitment, echoing reports of unending labour shortages in the U.S., British and Australian hospitality industries, could slow down prospects for Italy’s recovery. “We are in trouble,” said Stefano Giuliodori, who is fighting hard to hire 12 waiters and chambermaids for his hotel in the Adriatic resort of Riccione.

“We are expecting a lot of visitors and we absolutely need staff, but it has become really difficult to find anyone.”
Alessandro Massimo Nucara, general director of hotel lobby group Federalberghi, estimates the labour shortage in the sector at around 10%, or 50,000 workers.

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