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Hospitality industry calls on Jersey's government to help solve staffing crisis

Work is being done to try and encourage local people to apply for the positions. Credit: ITV Channel TV

Restaurateurs and hoteliers are calling on Jersey's government to help with a recruitment crisis in the hospitality industry.

150 temporary non-EU work permits were made available in March, but only 12 applications have been successful, however a further 15 are being processed. There are currently more than 240 vacancies to be filled which is making it difficult for businesses to maintain staffing levels.

The Jersey Hospitality Industry says challenges include residential permissions and finding affordable housing for staff.

I think we need to come up with a joined up strategy of how best to balance the issue people are viewing with population as well as a requirement to have sufficient staff to operate these venues properly and efficiently.

– Simon Soar, Jersey Hospitality Industry

Hospitality workers have been imported to the island for more than 50 years and now work is being done to encourage local people to consider a career in the sector.

This includes the start of the "Zest" festival, which was held last month to showcase the island's industry.