Tuesday, March 28, 2023

55% of Mullingar bars are short-staffed

A survey conducted by the Westmeath Topic on 20 bars around Mul­lingar has concluded that there is a staffing shortage in the build-up to a busy summer for the town.

Local bars were asked have they struggled to find staff since the easing of restrictions with 75% of bars saying they had.

When asked whether they were currently short staffed, 55% of bars said that they were.

In the anonymous survey, four publicans said that the now-terminated Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP) has had a lasting affect on bringing new staff into the industry.

The €350 flat rate payment was suggested as making possible jobseekers “lazy” by one publican, while a bar manager from another premises suggested “they got too used to not paying taxes” as reason for not returning to the bar trade.


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