Operators are offering perks like £5,000 sign-on bonuses and family holidays to attract chefs amid the staffing crisis, the Sunday Times reports

Restaurants and hotels in tourist resorts are paying thousands of pounds in golden handshakes to attract chefs from India and South Africa amid extreme staff shortages.

Perks of some jobs include £85,000 salaries, £5,000 sign-on bonuses, family holidays and even puppy “settle-in” days, after Brexit and Covid left the sector with record vacancies.

At its peak in December, there were 7.8 positions open per 100 hospitality jobs, according to the Office for National Statistics — the highest level on record. This fell slightly to 7.5 per cent in March, but hospitality vacancies are still higher than any other industry, with an estimated 164,000 posts unfilled.

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