Guest of the Futurapolis trade fair in Toulouse, the Minister of the Economy spoke about the recruitment difficulties in the hotel and restaurant industry. For him, the attractiveness of the sector is due to remuneration and the organization of working time.
On the sidelines of the Futurapolis fair in Toulouse where he was invited on Saturday, November 27, 2021, the Minister of the Economy Bruno Le Maire spoke about the current salary negotiations in the hotel and restaurant sector.
“We need good remuneration”
Since the health crisis linked to the coronavirus epidemic, professionals have struggled to recruit. For Bruno Le Maire, remuneration is the sinews of war. Without upgrading, no attractiveness. “I saw the hoteliers-restaurateurs a few days ago, in Strasbourg“, explained the Minister of the Economy.”They have tackled the issue of the attractiveness of their professions head-on, but I would like us to have a global vision of this attractiveness. The attractiveness in this sector is first and foremost the remuneration. We need good remuneration and I hope that these negotiations can conclude with significant salary increases “.
I believe that this is what will ultimately give new impetus to these professions where today, wherever you go in France, you have restaurateurs, hoteliers who are desperately looking for employees and who do not do not find
“Open career prospects”
According to Bruno Le Maire, the second important aspect is the organization of working time. “We need to be able to have an organization of working time that is more flexible for employees. When you are on duty at noon, you work from 11 am to 3 pm and then you have a gap until 6 pm. It’s very complicated for employees to manage so we have to think about a better organization“.
Finally, the third element of attractiveness for the minister, career prospects. It is indeed difficult to make a long-term commitment to a server or diver position without progress.
A young person who starts, he wants to do the gym well for a few years but we have to open up prospects for personal development.
The Ministry of the Economy ensures that professionals in the sector are really aware of these difficulties but that these negotiations must be concluded. A good negotiation is the one that we manage to conclude, he added. For the moment, the unions believe that the proposed advances are not up to the stakes. Since the health crisis, more than 200,000 employees have left the hotel and catering sector.