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Staffing crisis causes Ireland hotel industry to raise wages

Robert Besser
07 Oct 2022, 03:36 GMT+10

DUBLIN, Ireland: Workers in Ireland's tourism sector are seeing higher wages and improved working hours, as employers are struggling with finding enough staff for this tourism season.

Also, hourly salaries are being raised when workers have to work late nights, according to a study by the State Tourism Agency, Failte Ireland, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.

The research also indicates that while the tourism industry in Ireland continues to struggle with shortages of staff, in fact, staffing problems are easing.

The Irish Times has reported that the number of unfilled positions in the tourism industry has fallen from 40,000 registered last autumn to about 22,000 in July.

"The research shows that working conditions are improving. The industry appears to have listened to the results of the last piece of research we did on this," said Jenny De Saulles, Filte Ireland's director of industry development, as quoted by the Irish Times.

Ireland's tourism industry was severely restricted during the Covid pandemic, with its worldwide shutdown. However, with the easing of restrictions, the tourism industry has begun to slowly recover.

In a recent survey of hospitality workers, 42 percent said they received extra pay for working on holidays. The survey was taken in July.

And while the survey indicated that a majority of workers are not seeing increased wages for working late night hours, more workers report improved wages.

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