Staff shortage in the catering industry: A Berlin innkeeper is desperately looking for employees, but in his opinion there is too little incentive to work.

Berlin restaurateur Mario Schulz, who runs a restaurant in the Nikolaiviertel in Berlin, is facing a massive staffing crisis. As “ N-TV ” reports, Schulz has six vacancies to fill, including positions for cooks, service staff and kitchen assistants. He pays around 600 euros a month for job advertisements online, but he can’t find any resources, as he complains to “N-TV”.

During the pandemic, there was a significant decline in employment in the restaurant industry as many had to leave their jobs and look for work elsewhere. This phenomenon and the resulting difficulties in finding new staff are not limited to Schulz’s restaurant, as “N-TV” further reports.

“The personnel market is at its lowest,” the owner of a traditional restaurant in Berlin-Mitte tells the news portal. People would expect too much if they applied to him – sometimes 3,000 euros net per month and tips on top of that. The people who work for him receive the average salary for the industry: 1,800 euros. He tells “N-TV” that he cannot meet the high demands of the applicants because he does not want to increase the prices so much.

Schulz also criticizes the employment agency and would like to see more pressure on the unemployed. In his opinion, the financial difference between what his employees earn and those who receive benefits should be greater. He tells “N-TV”: “If the unemployed had less money, more people would be willing to cook, waitress or clean in [his restaurant].”

The innkeeper had a positive experience with immigrants, whom he describes as “great workers”. Nevertheless, obstacles became clear here too; For example, a Syrian applicant had to wait more than three months for his work permit.

The owners of a traditional restaurant on the Bürgersee had different experiences. St. Bartholomä had to temporarily close for the first time. The innkeeper complained to the “Oberbayerisches Volksblatt” that fewer and fewer people want to work.

He is also of the opinion that the amount of citizens’ money is to blame. Also with fellow human beings who are looking for protection here in the country. “We had a few Ukrainians. “They were recommended by their compatriots to take citizen’s money and enjoy life more,” said Amann in the “OVB”.