Supermacs looks abroad for staff

Supermacs boss, Pat McDonagh, has confirmed that the group is now recruiting workers from overseas due to a shortage of Irish applicants.

Mr McDonagh said that over the past two months and up to the end of the year, Supermacs will have recruited over 100 EU workers who don't require work permits from eastern Europe, Italy, Portugal and Spain.

He said that one of the reasons for the shortage of workers here is the Government’s Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP).

"I think the PUP caused people to get a bit lazy," he said.

"There are multiple reasons why Irish people are not interested in working in Supermacs and unfortunately, there is a scarcity of workers for every line of work right now, with some businesses only able to open two days a week because of a shortage of staff."

"A lot of Irish have moved on from the catering business - maybe because of the uncertainty of it and maybe because of the unsociable hours."

"Also, people realise the work-life balance needs to be changed because they feel it was a rat race up until now and they want to spend more time with the kids and family."

Mr McDonagh said staffing for his business is currently its biggest challenge.

"We are in the process of recruiting from these countries because the staff just aren’t available in Ireland," he said.