Friday 30 September 2016

Shortage of chefs and front-of-house staff in hospitality sector

Published 12/11/2015 | 02:30

Chefs prep for dinner in a busy kitchen. Photo: Getty Images
Chefs prep for dinner in a busy kitchen. Photo: Getty Images

iRELAND'S hospitality sector is suffering from a lack of chefs and skill shortages among front-of-house, waiting and other staff, a Government-backed report has found.

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The report, from the Expert Group of Future Skills Needs, due to be published today, points out that a lack of suitably qualified chefs is the main skills issue idenfied by hospitality businesses.

"Shortages of commis chefs feed into shortages at higher and specialist levels, for example, demi chefs, chefs de partie, and pastry chefs," the report states.

In addition, there are significant skill shortfalls emerging among front-of-house, waiting and other staff.

Across the sector, there are stated gaps in basic skills and experience at entry and junior level and at management level. There is also a need for tourism entrepreneurs and product development."

Businesses claimed the main reason for the shortage was a lack of training and experience.

Recommendations include promoting the hospitality sector as a professional long-term career choice to Leaving Cert students.

Colm Kelpie

Indo Business

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