December 07, 2022
Māori eyed for hospitality staff gaps
Restaurant Association spokesperson Marisa Bidois says the sector is trying to encourage more Māori and Pacific people into the industry.
The association’s latest hospitality report shows the industry has bounced back to pre-pandemic levels after two years of subdued trading.
Sales to the end of September were $13 billion, a 7.7 percent increase on 2021.
She says rising costs and especially staff shortages are an ongoing issue, and it may be time for fresh thinking on recruitment.
What are the opportunities? What do people need to do in order to get in to hospitality? And how can we make it easier for them to do that if they’re interested. So that’s something we’re looking at, at the association, is to try and bridge that gap a bit more,” Ms Bidois says.