Berry Recruitment, which works from nearly 40 locations across the country, supplies mainly temporary staff.
Many workers from the hospitality sector have found new jobs in the last year and there is no guarantee they will return to their former careers.
Furthermore, European staff who returned home just before the first lockdown might not be able to return even if they wanted to. It raises the possibility that kitchens will be unable to service the anticipated rush in customers.
Kitchen work is hard and the shifts are long so businesses really ought to be getting things ready now. They can’t assume a ready supply of willing workers will be available.
In fact I believe there will be a shortage - and in some circumstances it could lead to businesses closing.
As well as all types of chef we will see demand for waiting staff, silver service staff, bar staff, baristas, front of house staff, food service assistants, kitchen porters, pot washers – as well as managerial and supervisor roles.
It is well worth businesses in catering and hospitality thinking ahead about their staffing levels because the last thing they need after a year being shut down is a failure to maximise profits because of staff shortages.
With furlough running until the autumn many people who could be recruited into catering might prefer to wait until they have to find alternative work.