Health crisis: the hotel and catering industry lost 237,000 employees

The hotel and catering sector lost 237,000 employees between February 2020 and February 2021, in the midst of the Covid-19 crisis, while it had gained an average of 50,000 in the previous two years, according to an estimation published by the Directorate of Research, Studies and Statistics (Dares).

In one year, the workforce has increased from 1.309 million employees to 1.072 million, specifies the service of the Ministry of Labor. The balance breaks down to 213,000 new entrants and 450,000 exits, while more than 400,000 mostly young employees arrived each year while around 370,000 people had recently abandoned the profession. The analysis specifies that 67% of the workforce, or 722,000 employees, were on short-time work in February 2021.

“At the end of June 2021, with the restart of activity, recruitment difficulties are leaping in the sector: 3 out of 10 employees work in companies that report a lack of personnel and 1 in 10 employees in companies that attribute this situation to the start. unanticipated employees placed in partial activity ”, decipher the statisticians.

46,000 employees unavailable at the reopening

Among the departures, some have simply left the sector during the periods of administrative closure of establishments while others placed on short-time work have accumulated with other new contracts. “Thus, 46,000 employees were potentially unavailable at the time of the reopening of hotels and restaurants” in the spring, continues Dares.

Severely affected by the health crisis, the hotel and catering sector is struggling to be attractive. On Monday, announcing the upcoming tax exemption for tips to restore purchasing power to employees of cafes and restaurants, President Emmanuel Macron indicated that 110,000 jobs were to be filled in the sector.

The employers, even if they do not have a reliable estimate, do not hesitate to talk 150,000 to 180,000 jobs that have not yet found a taker.

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