Whilst we're all waiting breathlessly for indoor dining & drinking to resume post 17th May, there are growing indications that the hospitality sector will struggle to staff outlets - and therefore open.

In Israel - where thanks to their world-leading vaccine programme - restaurants are opening up ahead of the rest of the world. They're full of customers, but low on staff, as outlets struggle to find the staff and open. From December to March demand for waiters and barstaff rose 208%, and demand for cooks 218%. 

It's a similar story in the US, where restaurants are reporting the most acute recruitment challenges for decades - one McDonald's restaurant is paying people $50 just to turn up for interview!

And in the UK, the number of vacancies on Caterer.com have grown by more than 85% in the last few weeks, with 22,000 roles now being advertised and not surprisingly Office for National statistics suggest 355,000 fewer people are employed in hospitality than a year ago. And let's not forget Brexit and our previous reliance on non-UK nationals.

All of which points to a less than perfect summer of hospitality. 

Chin chin.