MA's review of the week

‘Retention of staff shouldn’t solely be about the pound, shilling and pence’

By Ed Bedington

- Last updated on GMT

Related tags: Multi-site pub operators, Training, Staff, Legislation

The big headlines this week focused on supplier issues alongside retention of staff and wages. The Morning Advertiser editor Ed Bedington dissects the latest news with Banwell House boss Toby Brett.

Further reading:

Delivery driver shortage now at ‘catastrophic proportions’​ – A national lack of HGV drivers due to the coronavirus pandemic is now being hit further by the reopening of shops and the hospitality sector, causing concerns about costs.

Wages driven up by staff shortages​ – The average wages of pub and restaurant workers have risen by as much as 14%, driven by a shortage of staff in the hospitality sector.

90% of business leaders expecting staff shortages​ – ​The latest Business Confidence Survey from CGA and Fourth revealed half (51%) of respondents are anticipating shortages across all roles with a further 39% worried about back of house roles.

Complete mindset shift’ needed to solve recruitment issues, operators cautioned over EU employees right to work​- In addition to people news from Livelyhood Pubs, Camden Town Brewery and Professional Security, a number of industry experts have offered insight into the sector’s recruitment challenges.

56% of operators ‘not at all confident’ for 19 July freedom​ – More than half of respondents to a poll by The Morning Advertiser​ (MA​) said they were “not at all confident” restrictions would be lifted on 19 July.

UKH calls for ‘test to release’ scheme​ – UKHospitality has been pressing the Government to introduce a ‘test to release’ scheme for hospitality workers so they can avoid having to self-isolate for 10 days every time they are notified of exposure to coronavirus by the NHS Test and Trace app, chief executive Kate Nicholls has said.

LIVE: Vaccine progress signals removal of restrictions ‘without delay’​– The UK has now given a first dose of a Covid vaccine to 64% of its population, including more than 80% of all adults.

The Lock In Podcast: Season Finale!​ – In the last episode of this series of the Lock In podcast, the team take a look back on the past year of ups and mostly downs, speak to a group of top operators and take a look forward at what the next few months might have in store. Tune in now!

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