As reported in The Business Post, the Armada Hotel in Spanish Point, Co. Clare, is set to offer maternity leave and private health insurance in a bid to boost recruitment.
According to John Burke, the owner and managing director of the Armada Hotel, many businesses had not prioritised staff conditions in the past, but should do so now.
Armada Hotel Prioritising Staff
Calls To Continue EWSS
For hospitality businesses affected by restrictions in December, the Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme (EWSS) will remain at the current level until the end of February, and then the subsidy will be gradually reduced out to the end of May.
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Burke said that supports around payroll were crucial for the hospitality sector in the coming months.
“A lot of hotels are coming off the back foot of having a challenging couple of years, and I think the first six months will be critical to get good employment support.
“If we aren’t able to retain and attract and grow our teams, as the Armada is trying to do, well, then we’re going to be in a pitiful place come summertime, when business levels start to pick up. As an industry, we need to get back on our own feet without any more government supports, but there just can’t be that cliff edge – there needs to be a bit of support to bring us closer to the summer,” he said.
Burke added that businesses like his needed time to rebuild their midweek corporate business, as well as cater for overseas visitors.
The wage support schemes had helped keep all its staff employed throughout the last two years, as the business launched new offerings, including a pizzeria, a takeaway cafe, cocktails for home delivery, and other casual dining experiences.
Staff from across the business also helped with developing the grounds of the hotel during lockdown, and painting and decorating at times.
A wider €3 million renovation programme is now under way and due to be completed by early February.
Burke said that he was “very surprised” by how quickly practically all restrictions were removed earlier this month, adding that he was both “delighted” and a little “nervous”.
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