The boss of hospitality business JD Wetherspoon, has denied claims that his pubs have been hit by staff shortages due to Brexit.
Long-time ‘Leave’ supporter Tim Martin told investors that press reports this week “had grossly misrepresented Wetherspoon’s position”. He said it “clearly isn’t true” that following the reopening of hospitality venues across the UK – his business is facing major staff shortages.
Mr. Martin, the founder and executive chairman of the group, said that he told reporters the pub giant is in a “reasonably good position” regarding applications for new roles across the country, but added that “recruitment is more challenging in some seaside towns – but that’s no different to what we experience in any year”.
Some other hospitality operators have highlighted staffing concerns as the recent reopening resulted in a surge in customer demand. Trade group UK Hospitality has said staffing has been a challenge, as many EU workers returned to the continent – but recruitment had also been hampered as many potential new employees were still being paid on furlough.
Tim Martin said:
“I was trying to be helpful to the journalist by providing up-to-date anecdotal information on staffing, which clearly demonstrated a very positive situation for Wetherspoon.”