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Tourism companies on P.E.I. feeling the pinch as staff head again to highschool

Tourism companies on P.E.I. feeling the pinch as staff head again to highschool

It has been about two months for the reason that “now hiring” signal went up outdoors Piatto Pizzeria in Charlottetown. However Hannah Thompson, a server and supervisor on the restaurant, says they have been in search of employees for for much longer than that. 

“We have had job postings up for a lot of months … most likely about 4 months, possibly nearly six months simply on job postings on-line,” she mentioned.

The restaurant isn’t alone. Throughout the Island, as youthful staff head again to highschool, many companies are having to make troublesome choices about decreasing their opening hours or operations.

Thompson mentioned they might use about 15 extra staff, however solely a handful have utilized.

“It is onerous to get good employees to come back in that really need to work,” she mentioned. 

“We’re nonetheless hiring for managers, supervisors, [in the] kitchen, dishwashers, every little thing like that, however no purposes are coming in, which is type of stunning and a bit of bit … I do not need to say it is disturbing, but it surely’s unhappy.”

It is common to see employees shortages right now of yr, mentioned Corryn Clemence, CEO of the Tourism Business Affiliation of Prince Edward Island. However she mentioned this yr, the issue has been compounded by elevated demand after two years of pandemic-related restrictions. 

“We see lots of our employees return to highschool, and as we have actually labored to develop into that fall season and broaden tourism, it has been a problem,” she mentioned. 

She mentioned heading into the autumn shoulder season, many companies are having to cut back their working capability or opening hours.

“We have definitely seen it, I used to be shocked myself even on Labour Day Monday what number of companies have been closed.” 

Clemence mentioned enterprise homeowners are having to get artistic to unravel staffing shortages. She mentioned some companies are providing greater wages, higher hours for work-life stability and even utilizing automation and expertise to enhance service to clients.

Corryn Clemence, CEO of the Tourism Business Affiliation of Prince Edward Island, says tourism operators want to have a look at alternative ways to draw and retain employees. (Laura Meader/CBC)

“It is not nearly cash, I believe it is that work-life stability,” she mentioned.

“What staff need now has modified a bit of bit for the reason that pandemic hit. So we’re spending lots of time with our members making an attempt to have a look at methods to actually carry individuals into the trade and preserve those we have now, as a result of we all know it is busy.” 

With this yr’s summer season tourism season coming to an in depth, Thompson is assured issues on the restaurant will easy out quickly. However she’s undecided what subsequent yr will carry.

“I’m a bit of fearful,” she mentioned. 

“P.E.I. is constructed on hospitality. If you come to P.E.I. you need to exit and get some good meals and good service. It’s type of worrying what is going on to occur the following couple of years with the scarcity of employees.”