60% of travel & tourism staff won’t consider returning to industry – FE News

Exclusive survey by @CVLibrary reveals nearly 60% of travel & tourism staff won’t consider returning to industry as UK awaits update on travel restrictions

With an announcement from Transport Secretary Grant Shapps, immanent, an exclusive survey of travel and tourism workers by CV-Library, reveals the views of those inside the industry that has been anchored by the global pandemic.

A resounding 68.4% of respondents, polled this week, believe there will be a shortage of workers and 58.1% say they do not plan to return when the industry is fully operational. A further 42.1% also said they knew colleagues who had decided to leave the sector since the onset of COVID-19.

Unsurprisingly, when asked why they left, the main reason was that the industry had shut down and jobs were no longer available. However, nearly a third of respondents (30%) felt the industry was too unpredictable and looked to new careers. Almost half (47.2%) of tourism workers also believed that pay and benefits were now worse than before the pandemic.

CV-Library also asked travel and tourism professionals for their views on the government’s new traffic light system. Interestingly, more than half (52.7%) felt it was confusing but would eventually be forgotten, 31.9% felt it made things worse and only 15.4% thought it aid.

Asked about concerns for the rest of 2021, a third of respondents (31%) were most concerned about decisions the UK government will make in the future. Next come the cost of COVID tests for travelers (30%), the fear that people are too reluctant to travel (21.6%) and finally concerns about decisions taken by the EU (17.4%).

Lee Biggins, CEO and Founder of CV-library comments: “These results should be alarming to employers, but, unfortunately, they are not surprising. We have all witnessed the impact of this pandemic on the hospitality sector and the travel and tourism industry has been the hardest hit sector of all. As such, a shortage of applicants when the restrictions are lifted seems somewhat inevitable. »

Biggins continues:It is crucial that companies take note of these results and listen to job seekers. There are a lot of staff, but to recruit, companies cannot pick up where they left off. Competitive pay and benefits must be offered, and since the industry is unlikely to get much notice to get back up and running, those with the strongest employer proposition will win the race for talent.

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