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Friday 23 August 2019

Hard work and low pay for hospitality workers

Minster for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe
Minster for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe

Jane O'Faherty

Average weekly earnings in the hospitality sector this year are less than half the national average, according to new research.

Initial figures reveal that an employee working in the hospitality sector earns an average weekly wage of €324.86, compared to an average of €697.52 per week across other sectors.

Health and safety issues, uncertain hours and limited career options have all been signalled as part of the highlights of a Think-Tank for Action on Social Change (TASC) report. It was also found that many employees in the sector do not know how many hours they will work per week.

Project researcher Dr Alicja Bobek said poor health and safety standards in the sector were also a worry.

Dr Bobek also said that accommodation work could be perceived as "female" and not necessarily heavy, physical work.

It came just one day after Tourism Minister Paschal Donohoe encouraged young people to aim for a career in the growing hospitality sector.

A spokesperson for the Department of Tourism said they were aware of a developing skills gap in the hospitality sector, adding it aimed to address this with the Government's Tourism Policy Statement, which was published last year.

Irish Independent

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