End-of-mask mandates see need for restaurant and food workers soar


Double-digit growth in demand for waiters and waitresses, bartenders, food preparation staff over the past 30 days, according to PeopleReady

TACOMA, Wash., March 16, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — As mask mandates expire in many parts of the United States, the demand for restaurant and food workers is skyrocketing. In the restaurant industry, many typical job openings have increased by double digits over the past 30 days, according to analysis by staffing firm PeopleReady.

The substantial job growth numbers point to a continued rebound in one of the industries hardest hit by the pandemic, says PeopleReady. Some of the jobs that have seen the biggest increase in postings over the past 30 days include:

Waiters and waitress job vacancies increased by 31%
The need to bartenders is in place 28%
Host and hostess jobs increased by 23%
Jobs for cooks are standing 19%
The request for fast food workers is in place 17%
And food preparation worker job vacancies increased by 15%

“As industries like the restaurant industry continue their recovery, the demand for workers to help will only increase,” said Taryn Owen, President and COO, PeopleReady and PeopleScout. “Bouncing back from the current staff shortage is a significant hurdle for many companies, and staffing agencies are proving to be an essential partner in this difficult time.”

As part of its ongoing recruiting efforts to meet the ever-growing need for workers across all industries, PeopleReady is hosting nationwide hiring events this week. The staffing firm offers job seekers different ways to access job postings through an app (JobStack) and online (jobs.peopleready.com).

About PeopleReady
PeopleReady, a TrueBlue company (NYSE: TBI), specializes in fast, reliable on-demand labor and highly skilled workers. PeopleReady supports a wide range of blue-collar industries, including construction, manufacturing and logistics, waste and recycling, and hospitality. Leveraging its revolutionary JobStack platform and over 600 branches in all 50 states, Porto Rico and CanadaPeopleReady served approximately 94,000 businesses and put approximately 220,000 people to work in 2021. To learn more, visit www.peopleready.com.

SOURCE PeopleReady

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