Some restaurants can’t even hire enough chefs to serve customers
Translated by Thomas Ansell
The hospitality sector in Friesland is crying out for staff following its post-lockdown reopening, reports the Omrop Fryslân. Some restaurants can’t even serve their full menus, and it is expected that the problems will only continue in the sector.
“We’ve really had a problem for about 22 years, it’s always been a problem in the ktichens, but now it’s all-round”, says Marcel Oost, of the Hotel Oostergo in Grou. “I thought that it would come good, but we’ve been trying to find new staff since February. Our last post was a notice saying that we had to close for two days- it’s a drastic measure, and I couldn’t sleep for two nights. It’s also terrible for our existing staff, who have to work extra-long hours.”
At De Pleats (a hotel and restaurant) in Burgum, owner Eelke Duursma is also looking for staff: “we’re trying to find two chefs, and we also have room for another trainee on top of that. You have to think creatively, and we’re flexible with what people want: it’s got worse during the Coronavirus pandemic.”
Melle Bakker, of the hospitality organisation for Friesland (de Horecabond) explains the issue with the supply of staff: “the whole sector stood still for a year and a half, and about 30 percent of the staff went off to work elsewhere: they aren’t coming back. And now the sector is a ‘growth sector’ and so we need even more people.”
The Province of Friesland has asked the organisation gastvrij Fryslan to work on plans to alleviate the problems.
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