According to FNV director Edwin Vlek, the catering industry is struggling with a “poor staff shortage” that also existed before corona, but has worsened since the pandemic. The industry claims to have lost more than 100,000 people during the lockdowns. According to Koninklijke Horeca Nederland (KHN), companies now sometimes close one day a week due to a lack of people.
“The catering industry suffers from a bad image, which is sometimes justified and sometimes not,” says Vlek. According to the trade unionist, the bad is in the uncertainty since the outbreak of the corona virus, but also in the high work pressure and the low salary that the work yields. On the other hand, many people find working in the hospitality industry positive and enjoyable, he indicates. “But in the end you can’t pay bills with passion and love.”
In June, KHN already launched the campaign “Working in the catering industry, a party every day”, to persuade people to choose a job in, for example, a restaurant or cafe. The trade association indicates that staff turnover in the hospitality industry is always high. The problem, however, is that turnover is usually gradual over a year, while now, after the reopening, many vacancies suddenly had to be filled at the same time. Moreover, people who normally return have now chosen to work elsewhere. KHN also notices that the number of registrations for catering courses is falling.
During the Week of the Catering Industry, various activities take place throughout the Netherlands and interested parties can take a look behind the scenes at participating catering establishments. Hotels, cafes and restaurants that participate can give shape to the week according to their own wishes. The organization behind the event then takes care of promotion.
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