Welsh hospitality vacancies show there is work available ‘if people are willing to do it’ says councillor
Gareth Williams, local democracy reporter
A councillor has said that vacancies in hospitality show that there is work available in north-west and west of Wales “as long as people are willing to do it”.
John Brynmor Hughes, the councillor for Llanengan, was responding to a Gwynedd council report that showed rising unemployment due to Covid-19 and Brexit.
But in a meeting of Gwynedd Council’s Audit Committee today, the pub owner said that jobs were out there in areas popular with tourists.
“There is work here in Pen Llyn but people don’t want to do it, hospitality is one of the biggest employers locally and is desperate for workers,” he said.
“I think people have got used to not working and plenty of time at home and have enjoyed themselves, leading to the problem now that the hospitality sector, especially here but also further afield such as Aberystwyth and Newquay, they are all looking for staff.
“The work isn’t the problem as long as people are willing to do it.”
Figures suggest more than one in 10 UK hospitality workers have left the industry in the last year, with factors said to include not only Covid-19 but also Brexit.
The authority’s Corporate Risk Register considers those likely to pose challenges to the council and the people of Gwynedd, based on its own matrix.
Found to be among the highest risks was that of unemployment rising sharply due to the lingering effects of Covid-19.
The report noted that mitigation measures available to the authority itself include working with Grŵp Llandrillo Menai and the third sector to provide support to support local businesses and employers to employ young people for a period of six months and develop their work skills.
It was said that a taskforce will also consider if there are further steps Gwynedd Council and its partners can take to support businesses and employers to offer work and employment experiences.
On the need to secure better paying employment opportunities in Gwynedd, after noting that the people of Gwynedd were not benefitting to the extent that they should from tourism, the approved report stated: “Low wages continue to be a problem in Gwynedd, particularly in the Meirionydd area. An opportunity to respond by continuing to work together to create the right conditions to develop high value jobs within Gwynedd.
“We will have agreed a programme to create more higher value jobs in Gwynedd taking into account the impact of COVID and Brexit on employers.
“The programme will focus on promoting skills and careers in the Science, Technology, Electronics and Mathematics Area and on safeguarding and creating new jobs for the future at Trawsfynydd site, Llanbedr airfield site, within the medical, engineering, digital and creative industries sectors.”