A dire shortage of experienced workers means hotel bosses across Europe are employing people with no experience – after admitting to years of underpaying staff.

Business Standard reports how Accor chief executive Sebastien Bazin admitted the company needs 35,000 staff in the 110 countries it operates in.

In an interview with Reuters, he said: “We’re having people interviewed with no resume, no prior job experience and they are hired within 24 hours.”

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Now, desperate hoteliers are offering better pay, free accommodation and even bonuses and health insurance to try to attract staff.

Gabriel Escarrer, CEO of Spanish hotel chain Melia said to attract staff his company recently provided accommodation due to a shortage of rental housing near its resorts.

The operations director of Hotel Mundial said it was trying to recruit 59 workers.

He said: “If we cannot recruit, we will have to cut services.

“This is regrettable and dramatic for an industry that has had no revenue for the last two years.”

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In Spain, bars and restaurants increased workers’ wages by nearly 60 percent in the first quarter compared to the previous year, according to official data.

Hospitality workers quit in droves during the pandemic as the industry shut down, and now hoteliers are having to dig much deeper to get new staff.

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