Half of hospitality workers say they won’t return to their old jobs

Half of hospitality workers say they won’t return to their old jobs

The results of a Joblist survey indicate that many hospitality workers who lost their jobs during the pandemic aren’t keen to return to the industry, even as travel and dining services are suddenly in demand again.

Multitudes of Americans who previously worked in the travel, tourism and hospitality sectors found themselves unemployed after COVID-19 struck, as their employers downsized, cut costs or went out of business. After being forced to “pivot” so drastically during the prolonged crisis, thousands are realizing that they want out of the industry altogether.

Half of the former hospitality workers polled in Joblist’s second-quarter survey said that they wouldn’t return to their old jobs, with a third of respondents reporting that they weren’t even considering reentering the industry. Low wages, meager benefits (if any) and stressful working conditions are among the foremost reasons why hotel and restaurant staff aren’t going back to their pre-pandemic roles.

Just over 50 percent of survey participants said they’re switching industries in pursuit of a different job setting, while 45 percent said that the need for higher pay was motiving their decision and 29 percent wanted to secure better employment benefits. About 20 percent cited their desire for more flexibility, while 16 percent said they were looking to work remotely.

One former chef told Insider that, after restaurants closed down and he found time to go back to school, he ended up trading in his 80-hour-a-week job in the kitchen for a new career in software development.

This is an excerpt from an article by Laurie Baratti, originally published by Travel Pulse.

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