Apr 22, 2021

PizzaExpress to hire 1,000 new staff as restaurants reopen

PizzaExpress is to recruit 1,000 new staff as it emerges after months of lockdown and a major financial restructuring that led it to close almost 100 restaurants. Hospitality businesses across the UK are rushing to bring back furloughed employees and recruit new ones in anticipation of a bump in demand as lockdowns end, with many fearing staff shortages as a result of workers leaving the industry. PizzaExpress said that 300 of the 1,000 staff it hires will be supported by the government's Kickstart scheme, which provides six months of funding to cover wages of new jobs for 16 to 24-year-olds. Chris Gamm, chief executive of Springboard, a charity that supports recruitment into the hospitality industry, said that the sector had to seek out local talent in order to plug shortfalls after many from workforce returned to their home countries during the pandemic or found jobs in other areas of the economy. The charity said that it had seen a 400 per cent increase in applications from hospitality employers to recruit staff through the Kickstart scheme following the government's announcement on the road map out of lockdown in February.

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