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Almost half of hospitality businesses still require temporary waiting staff for Christmas

New research has found that almost half of hospitality businesses are still looking for temporary waiting staff for the Christmas period.

Analysis of Christmas and new year staffing requirements by hospitality recruitment firm, Adia, has revealed that 47% of companies are looking for waiting staff, whilst 19% look for housekeeping staff, 18% look for chefs and 16% for bar staff.

The research found there were 123,000 licensed premises in Britain and if only half of those were open on Christmas Day, and each required only one temporary member of staff, it could mean the industry will be looking for up to 60,000 temporary workers over the holiday period.

Adia’s UK country manager, Terry Payne said: “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 to ensure 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 analysis comes at a time when the AA reports the number of Britons planning to eat out on Christmas Day looks set to more than treble this year. The AA poll of 20,000 people found that 10% plan to enjoy their Christmas dinner in a pub or restaurant, compared with 3% last year. The AA also asked 350 restaurateurs about their expectations, with 70% saying they were fully booked on Christmas Day, a 10% increase on last year.

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