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One million hospitality staff members expected to return to work in July

29 June 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Chris Banks
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Around half of pubs and restaurants open within days

Almost 1 million hospitality staff members are expected to be back in work and over six in ten outlets open again before the end of July, according to a new survey by UKHospitality.

The survey shows that over 960,000 staff are expected to return to work from furlough over the course of July, with another 720,000 taking the number beyond 1.6 million people by the end of September.

Around 60% of the UK’s hospitality sector will reopen on or within a few days of 4 July, with around three-quarters of pubs and accommodation businesses open again by the end of the month.

UKHospitality Chief Executive Kate Nicholls said: “This is incredibly positive news and a fantastic demonstration of the very hard work that businesses have put in getting themselves ready to reopen.

“Everyone can see the devastating effect that this crisis has had on hospitality businesses. Venues have been closed for months and millions of workers in the sector have been furloughed. To see such large numbers of businesses ready to open again, welcoming back so many staff members so quickly is hugely encouraging.

“We know that lots of customers have been incredibly keen to get back out and support their local businesses. It means a lot to customers to be able to go to their favourite restaurant or pub again, but it will mean even more to staff members who may have been unsure whether they would be able to return to their jobs.

“There is still a long way to go and businesses are by no means out of the woods yet. This is a very positive start, though. Getting venues open and customers through the doors means that more jobs will be kept safe. Despite the positive news we need support for those businesses that are still not able to open, and for those whose jobs rely upon them.”

ENDS

Notes on UKHospitality

UKH reopening survey summary

Responses received from the operators of over 15,000 venues, employing over half a million staff.

Reopening by size of business and total

Businesses were asked when the majority of their sites would re-open, given a series of options. Those that are already open or will open or around 4th July make up around 42% of respondents, with a further 17% reopening later in July. There are still 7% of businesses not expecting to operate at the majority of their sites until October.

Already open

On or within a few days of July 4th

Later in July

August

September

October or later

Single site

8%

31%

16%

18%

20%

7%

2-10 sites

5%

37%

16%

10%

22%

9%

11-50 sites

4%

61%

21%

4%

7%

4%

51-250 sites

0%

27%

27%

18%

27%

0%

Over 250 sites

0%

40%

20%

20%

0%

20%

Grand Total

6%

36%

17%

14%

19%

7%

 

Reopening by business type

There is variation between different property types on their reopening expectations. Part of this reflects Government rules on reopening – within visitor attractions there are some outlets that are not able to open for example. Around three quarters of pubs and accommodation premises will be open by the end of July and a slightly lower proportion of restaurants.

 

Pubs and bars

Restaurant

Coffee shops/QSR

Accommodation

Visitor attractions

Other

Already open

5%

6%

10%

8%

5%

5%

On or within a few days of July 4th

53%

47%

30%

46%

23%

28%

Later in July

16%

16%

20%

20%

18%

12%

August

10%

16%

20%

15%

20%

11%

September

11%

11%

10%

9%

23%

29%

October or later

5%

4%

10%

2%

11%

15%

 

Employees returning to work from furlough

The survey asked for opinions on employees returning to work from furlough and naturally this following a similar pattern to the timing of reopening. The data below shows the timing of returns to work broken down by part time and full time returns, by the point at which they return. The proportions are then scaled up to the estimated number of people on furlough across the sector (2.4 million – which is net of c. 500k who are not in the workforce due to seasonality and c.300k that were not furloughed.

 

 

 

The positive news is that around 960,000 staff are expected to return to work from furlough over the course of July. Nearly 720,000 more will return over August and September. There appears to be a bias towards part-term return over full-time return in the early months of restart. The negative news is that the sector expects around 320,000 redundancies.

 

% of sample

Industry equivalent

Total in each period

Before, on or in the few days following 4th July: FT

9%

220,755

596,540

Before, on or in the few days following 4th July: PT

16%

375,784

Later in July: FT

5%

111,727

368,242

Later in July: PT

11%

256,515

August: FT

5%

128,819

410,144

August: PT

12%

281,325

September: FT

6%

136,371

309,321

September: PT

7%

172,950

October or later: FT

9%

217,449

394,995

October or later: PT

7%

177,545

Never: FT

8%

188,891

320,759

Never: PT

5%

131,868



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