NI Hotel Sector Facing Staffing Crisis
As reported by The Belfast Telegraph, the Northern Ireland hotel sector is facing an unprecedented staffing crisis due to immigration policies flowing from Brexit and post-COVID-19 pandemic pressures.
Killeavy Castle Estate To Close Two Days Per Week
In the latest development, Co. Armagh’s Killeavy Castle Estate hotel and spa has reportedly posted on social media that it will be closed two days per week throughout the month of November.
Killeavy Castle Estate is reportedly situated on 350 acres of mixed farm and woodland in Slieve Gullion, and it is close to Newry and approximately one hour from both Belfast and Dublin airports, reportedly making it one of Northern Ireland’s premier hotel and spa destinations.
Thousands Of NI Hospitality Sector Workers Choose To Leave The Sector
The above news follows news from August that thousands of hospitality sector workers in Northern Ireland chose to quit their jobs in hospitality and pursue new careers, according to a survey undertaken by accountancy firm BDO NI and Hospitality Ulster between June 29 and July 22, which reportedly found that 74% of Northern Ireland's hospitality sector continues to struggle with staffing issues, with staffing shortage issues having been intensified by the COVID-19 pandemic.
ROI Hospitality Sector Suffering From Shortage Of Staff
The above news also follows news from September that the Republic of Ireland's hospitality sector is suffering from a shortage of staff, and, reportedly according to the latest Labour Force Survey from the Central Statistics Office (CSO), there were 60,000 or a third fewer workers employed in the accommodation and food sector in the second quarter of 2021 compared to the second quarter of 2019.
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