Sector employees working around six hours a week longer than before pandemic during recruitment crisis: Hospitality employees are working around six hours a week longer than before the pandemic, new figures from workforce management company Bizimply have revealed. Taking March 2020 as the baseline, the data showed employees are now working an average of around 25 hours a week, compared with a pre-pandemic average of 19 hours a week. In food-led businesses, employees are working an average 28 hour week, compared with around 23 hours in wet-led businesses. Fine dining restaurants, which are among the worst affected by recruitment issues, are typically asking their staff to work 40-plus hours a week. Cafes and hotels are also seeing staff notch up longer than average weekly hours at work. Bizimply warned employers who are currently banking on the goodwill of their staff to keep their doors open to customers need to be ready to pay back that commitment in terms of improved pay and conditions, and a better work-life balance.


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