New figures from jobs.ie indicate that the number of jobs available in the Irish hotel industry rose by close to 200% during the four years from 2013 to 2017.
According to the site, vacancies for hotel chefs rose 149% during the period, while in 2017 alone, bartender, concierge and mixologist vacancies all increased by 80% compared to the previous year.
Commenting on the statistics, jobs.ie general manager Christopher Paye said, "Ireland's hotel sector has demonstrated remarkable resilience." However, he also warned that "there is a mounting risk that demand for workers will outstrip supply, and this is already proving the case for chefs."
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Paye added that if the country's current skills shortage isn't addressed, the growth of the tourism sector in Ireland will be "short-lived", and jobs.ie is imploring the government to "pre-empt" shortages by making more regular consultations with the industry.