The association sheds light on solutions to the shortage of tourism workers

The Association of Hotels, Restaurants and Similar Services of Portugal (AHRESP) has published a selection of suggested solutions to reverse the shortage of workers in tourism, where it argues that the value of remuneration “should always take into account” the earnings of productivity.

“AHRESP is now asking for the support measures to be launched next month [by the Government] face the adversities that are predicted” for the sector, “which has not yet recovered from the pandemic (it is not expected to happen again in 2022)”, considering that companies in the sector “cannot should not be overlooked and should be included in any measures made available”. In addition, it lists nine solutions to attract workers to the sector.

“While the simplification of visas for immigrants from the Community of Portuguese-Speaking Countries is to be welcomed, the AHRESP lists other measures which still await acceptance by the government and operators”.

The AHRESP proposes that “the value of remuneration always takes into account productivity gains, due to the individual performance of the worker, but also the collective performance at the level of the entire employment structure”, in the solutions presented.

Creative Strategies

Further, “tourist accommodation and food and beverage businesses should seek to undertake creative strategies to attract and retain professionals, which must go beyond compensation and may go through appraisal systems, recognition practices, career development guarantees and a better balance between work and family”. life,” they continue.

Among the solutions proposed are the “creation of an environment more favorable to the operation of businesses, in particular by reducing tax burdens, in particular those directly linked to work”, and “better and more adequate management of the organization of working time work”. which “is a factor that generates greater productivity, which increases financial availability so that companies can offer better working conditions,” says AHRESP.

Valuing the profession

On the other hand, “initiatives and systems must be promoted in terms of dignity and enhancement of the professions”.

AHRESP defends that “a serious and structured commitment to the qualification of tourism workers is urgently needed, promoting a dual education system, complementing learning with practical experience”, also proposing the elaboration and implementation of a training program for the beginning of a career.

Immigration is part of the solution

Moreover, “immigration can and must be considered as part of the solution, provided that it is organized and with a guarantee of dignified working and living conditions”, and “for this, the public authorities must also review the current mechanisms for the legalization of employees and the recognition of diplomas, which must be rationalized”, underlines the AHRESP.

New challenges

AHRESP stresses that, despite tourism activity showing a positive performance this summer, the end of the high season “will bring new challenges”.

In other words, “with most businesses still recovering from the impacts of the two-year pandemic, the inflationary backdrop and rising interest rates will lead to further loss of household purchasing power” and “it’ is an extremely important factor” of relevance to the activity of the various sectors represented within AHRESP.

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