No One Wants to Work in Gone-to-Pot Cumbria: Hiring Issues Put Pressure on Lake District Eateries
By: Raf Fabisz
Photo author: Dmitry Zmiy
Cumbria is a popular tourist destination, and the hospitality industry plays an important role in bringing in visitors.
However, due to a lack of tourism workers in the region, many businesses are struggling to keep up with demand. Hiring issues have been blamed for putting pressure on eateries around Windermere as they reopen for summer - and this isn't just happening in Cumbria either.
In other parts of the region like Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, jobs such as bar staff are going unfilled because there aren't enough people willing to work long hours or late shifts.
Operators are posting jobs online however receive few applicants.
This is affecting businesses in the Lake District - and it's an issue for towns like Carlisle, too. Kitchens are a particular problem area as staff there seem to be in short supply: for example, the Club House has advertised several jobs but received little interest.
This has led to an increase in the number of people who are unemployed, and more businesses facing recruitment difficulties. There's a real concern that if these problems aren't addressed soon then we'll see restaurants closing as staff shortages make it difficult for them to stay open. If this does happen there will be fewer job opportunities.
The hospitality industry needs more staff and it's estimated that about 40,000 new people will be needed by 2022. A lack of skilled workers means a shortage in recruitment opportunities for the sector as well as an increase in unemployment levels.
The tourism industry is under pressure from many sides which has led some operators to say "enough is enough" and close down their businesses instead.
Opening up again after Lockdown may not be feasible without concessions being made on both supply and demand; this could also see other venues following suit if things don't improve quickly.
As hospitality venues reopen for summer, they're struggling with a lack of workers.
Companies are willing to train new staff, but it may not be enough depending on the staffing issues faced in other parts of the country as well.
"The tourism industry is under pressure from many sides which has led some operators to say "enough is enough" and close down their businesses instead."