Staffing For The Summer: Considerations To Make In 2022

Summer is finally on the horizon, opening the doors to a whole host of exciting activities and events. Across the UK, people are preparing to saddle up for a day at the races, sip craft ales in stunning outdoor beer gardens, and pitch their tents for weekends of live music.

In the aftermath of the global pandemic, the collective urge to revel in the sunshine at in-person gatherings is undeniable – especially since the majority of COVID-19 restrictions have come to an end and booster vaccinations are on the rise. 

But what does this mean for your hospitality business amid a challenging landscape of staff shortages? We take a look. 

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Living with COVID – business as usual?

In accordance with the government’s ‘Living with COVID-19’ plan, those who test positive for the virus will no longer be required by law to self-isolate, and masks will no longer be a legal requirement in public spaces.

This return to business as usual may seem like a welcome relief for the hospitality industry. But, unfortunately, this isn’t the case for all. As spending on travel, entertainment, and leisure has risen, so has the demand for hospitality staff – with trade body UKHospitality detailing an estimated 394,000 total vacancies in pubs, bars and restaurants.

An industry deserted

One of the biggest reasons for this shortage is reportedly a significant lack of staff returning to the sector after furlough, with many having pursued other roles in different industries. Another factor is people leaving cities for a lifestyle change. And this all comes during the season when university students typically return to their hometowns after the term’s end.

You don’t have to be a hospitality expert to know that as soon as your staff begin to drop off, customers aren’t far behind. In fact, many businesses are having to unnecessarily turn away clientele due to staff shortages, making it even more difficult to bounce back from losses created by lockdown periods. But you don’t have to struggle alone.

Your ideal staffing partner

When you team up with hap, you’ll benefit from a completely flexible staffing solution, designed to move in tune with the needs of your business.

We understand that your restaurant, bar or event is a living, breathing being. It’s why we never stand still (unless you ask us to, of course!). We keep your operation running exactly as it should, providing a ‘temp-to-perm’ model that allows you to make informed recruitment choices at your own pace.

Even better, we’re not just here to supply your staff, but train and manage them too – all in line with your company culture and processes. Getting the right people at the right moment can not only save you time and money – up to £7,000 per employee, to be precise – but it can also remove a whole lot of headaches.

Ready to start gearing up for a busy summer ahead? Contact us to see how we’ll elevate the experience for everyone involved.

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