Great Debate: Not enough people in UK willing to work in hospitality, says Yotam Ottolenghi
Speaking during Sky News’s Great Debate on immigration, Ottolenghi said the hospitality workforce has diminished due to the “Brexit effect”, with not enough people willing to work in hospitality.
Not enough people in the UK are willing to be part of the hospitality workforce, despite rising pay and better working conditions, a leading restaurateur has said.
Chef Yotam Ottolenghi told Sky News’s Great Debate on immigration that he was “seriously struggling” to recruit across the board – from front of house staff to managers and head chefs.
He said he estimated pre-pandemic more than 50% of his staff would be from overseas, but now the industry is currently undergoing a “perfect storm” of people leaving.
He blamed the “Brexit effect”, adding: “Our pool for recruitment has really diminished from many hundreds of millions, which was the EU, to the borders of this country.
“We just can’t seem to able to get enough people through the doors for job interviews and for the positions we have to fill on all levels.”
“There are just not enough people in this country willing to work in this industry full stop,” he said.