Hospitality workers picked up 22% more shifts than usual over the festive period, totalling 86,000 hours in the capital’s kitchens, bars and dining rooms, in findings from temp employment platform GIG.
It revealed that over Christmas, London’s pubs, restaurants and hotels ‘called on an army of gig economy workers’ to support their operations, with waiting staff, kitchen porter and chef de partie being the most advertised jobs on the GIG platform.
“Christmas is the busiest time of year in foodservice, and the need for quality hospitality workers has never been higher,” comments Antony Woodcock, GIG’s co-founder and chief executive.
“That’s why operators turned to us in their droves this Christmas –to tap into our on-demand supply of quality local workers.”
In December 2017, research carried out by the UK arm of insurance company Zurich revealed 32% of gig economy workers simultaneously work at least two jobs, and one in 10 take up temporary work to make ends meet during the festive season.