Hospitality Has 40,000 Vacancies

Fáilte Ireland is due to present research showing there are as many as 40,000 vacancies across the hospitality sector.
The vast majority of hospitality businesses are having problems recruiting much needed staff, according to research by Fáilte Ireland which is due to be published this week.
Across the sector, it is feared the lack of chefs, bar staff and even managers will reduce the range of services available to tourists this summer. Businesses said they are relying on college and transition year students to keep their doors open.

‘At the moment it's extremely hard to get any staff, full-time or part time,’ Michelle Holmes, manager at Synergy Cafe in Carrick-on-Shannon, told RTÉ's This Week.
At the Landmark Hotel in the waterside town of Carrick-on-Shannon, the skilled staff shortage is causing real concern for the upcoming tourist season.
‘We are seeing shortages across all departments including our kitchen team, front of house, food and beverage, housekeeping and reception,' General Manager Patrick McGrath said.
Senior Lecturer in Culinary Arts at TU Dublin Máirtín Mac Con Iomaire said it's estimated 5,000 new chefs a year will be needed in Ireland. He said the current shortage of chefs is due in large part to a huge growth in demand for chefs producing high-quality food in Ireland.
Mr Mac Con Iomaire said Fáilte Ireland had got out of the business of training chefs and others in the food service area. He said it may be time for the tourism body to get involved again in funding training to fill the skills gap.