Saturday 11 July 2020

Over one third of bars and restaurants say they don’t have enough staff

Photo: DutchNews.nl

A shortage of staff is now affecting a record 35% of cafes, bars, restaurants and hotels in the Netherlands, according to new figures from nationals statistics agency CBS.

The situation is even more acute in Amsterdam, where almost 40% of cafes and bars say they don’t have sufficient workers.

There are now around 23,000 vacancies in the hospitality sector, compared with just 6,700 in 2013 as the Netherlands emerged from the financial crisis. Some cafes and bars are even being forced to adjust their opening hours because of the lack of personnel, the Parool reported.

Nevertheless, cafe, bar and restaurant owners remain positive about their business prospects, with the confidence index at 1.9 in the fourth quarter of the year. This is, however, the lowest rating in six years, the CBS said.

Thank you for donating to DutchNews.nl

The DutchNews.nl team would like to thank all the generous readers who have made a donation in recent weeks. Your financial support has helped us to expand our coverage of the coronavirus crisis into the evenings and weekends and make sure you are kept up to date with the latest developments.

DutchNews.nl has been free for 14 years, but without the financial backing of our readers, we would not be able to provide you with fair and accurate news and features about all things Dutch. Your contributions make this possible.

If you have not yet made a donation, but would like to, you can do so via Ideal, credit card or Paypal.