Food service employees in Germany still below pre-COVID-19 levels


RESTAURANT, bars and pubs in Germany have not yet made up for the coronavirus slump in personnel, the Federal Statistical Office in Wiesbaden near Frankfurt reported on Monday.

The number of employees in the food service sector increased by 12.5 per cent in 2022 but there were still 11.8 per cent fewer people working in the sector than in 2019, the year preceding the start of coronavirus pandemic.

In the fight against the spread of the virus, restaurants were temporarily closed, with the exception of pick-up and delivery services. Many employees therefore looked for new jobs.

According to the statistics office, the catering industry lost mainly low paid employees without benefits in the two crisis years.

Their number fell by 23.1 per cent to 346,500 when compared to 2019, as figures for 2021 showed.

The number of regular employees fell by 9.4 per cent to 662,400 in the same period.

The total number of employees in the sector in 2021 was therefore 14.7 per cent below the pre-Coronavirus year 2019. (dpa/NAN)