Staff shortages across the sector are at a record high, with 83% more vacancies compared to March-May 2019, according to figures released by the ONS.

According to the ONS, hospitality currently has a record high of 174,000 jobs available while the number of job-seekers or economically inactive people has fallen by 130,000.

The sector created 300,000 new jobs, or nearly one in three new jobs in the UK, over the last 12 months.

In response to the data, UKHospitality CEO Kate Nicholls, said: “These figures show that the hospitality industry continues to return to growth and is attracting new people into the workforce. However, high vacancy rates are impeding our ability to trade. This is particularly concerning as we enter the summer, a key trading period for much of the sector.

“Last month UKHospitality launched its Workforce Strategy in order to tackle this and we have set out a coherent plan to solve some of the issues, including working with colleges and universities to attract students into work this summer and demonstrating how flexible working will provide opportunities for carers – but we need Government support.

“The points-based system needs to be tweaked to make it easier for seasonal and lower skilled workers to enter the workforce and the apprenticeship levy should be freed-up to help us attract the workforce we need to recover and grow.”