At your service: Why restaurants are facing a battle to win back workers

The pandemic has forced restaurant and bar staff out of work and onto the PUP – but now that things are reopening, they are not returning. What can be done to save the sector?

Chez Max is offering a significant salary for a new head chef as restaurants struggle to recruit staff

Treasa Walsh worked in Irish restaurants during the best and worst of times over the last 20 years. She made drinks, served meals and managed restaurants, including at award-winning establishments such as Dublin’s Chapter One, Bang, Etto and Drury Buildings.

But by 2019, she had had enough and walked away for a job in the banking sector.

“I wanted to wake up at the same time every morning and eat three meals a day,” she ...