100,000 jobs could be lost in hospitality sector by year's end, research suggests

Covid-19 has caused particularly high rates of unemployment in the youth sector
100,000 jobs could be lost in hospitality sector by year's end, research suggests

DCU Business School economist Anthony Foley, who helped conduct the research, says the losses would disproportionally affect 15- to 24-year-olds and female employees. File picture: Pexels

Up to 100,000 jobs in Ireland's hospitality sector could disappear by the end of the year due to Covid-19 restrictions.

That's according to new research from DCU Business School.  

The report, commissioned by the Drinks Industry Group of Ireland, was presented to Government officials last week.

DCU Business School economist Anthony Foley, who helped conduct the research, says the losses would disproportionally affect 15 to 24-year-olds and female employees.

Speaking on Newstalk, he said: "Over 30% of the workers in the industry, before Covid, would have been under 25 years of age.

"As we know, the impact of Covid has been to particularly cause high rates of unemployment in the youth sector.

"It's also a majority female industry, so if you like, its broad characteristics would be that it caters to a large extent to younger people, to part-time employment, as well as full-time, and it's majority-female."

The loss of 100,000 jobs would represent a 63% decrease for the sector as a whole. 

While Dublin would be the region hardest hit, the whole country would be affected.

"In terms of total employment in the Dublin region, we’re looking at 52,000 people employed in the hospitality sector, and we’re looking at maybe 33,000 of those jobs disappearing," Mr Foley said.

"We could be looking at 19,000 lost in the SouthWest, we could be looking at 10,000 lost in the West.

"These are very large numbers throughout all of the regions because the hospitality sector is a big industry."

Earlier this week, representatives of Ireland's hospitality sector voiced their frustration with the Government's moving of Dublin to level three of the 'Living with Covid' plan

Under level three, only pubs that serve food and restaurants with outdoor facilities may be permitted to open. Sporting events are also prohibited.

All so-called 'wet pubs' outside of Dublin will be permitted to open their doors tomorrow. 

The Licensed Vintners Association (LVA) accused the Government of “closing down swathes of businesses”.

LVA chief executive Donall O'Keefe said: “They are closing down swathes of businesses in Dublin, pushing thousands of people out of work and yet Nphet admits they don’t have any data to show where the infections are arising in Ireland."

Chair of the Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group, Professor Philip Nolan, said that restrictions in Dublin may have to remain in place for longer than the initial three-week period.

He said this morning: "One in three cases in Dublin are community transmission and it's happening in these settings where people gather.

"Unfortunately for the next three weeks at least, we’re going to have nobody gather in those settings, and for some weeks thereafter.

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