Hotels are already facing a labor shortage, and figures released by the Employment Service show that waiters are in short supply. "In the first five months of 2018, employers were looking to hire 2500 waiters, 1200 chefs, 1000 bus boys/girls, as well as a number of cleaners and fast food chefs. Currently, demand definitely exceeds supply," said Sandi Meke of the Employment Service.
One of the main reasons for the shortage is the fact that the work is too hard, while the wages are too low. Employers, on the other hand, lament that wages are taxed too heavily.
"Our value added is too low. The difference between the production cost and the sale price is too small, so employers in the hospitality sector can't afford to raise wages," said Blaž Cvar of the Chamber of Commerce.
Another reason for the shortage is the precarious nature of the jobs. Labor inspectors say that employers in hospitality and tourism are among the biggest violators of labor laws. "And instead of lavishing their employees with praise, employers often shout at them. There's too much bad communication," said Karmen Leban of the Hospitality and Tourism Trade Union.
And if the hours weren't so long, these jobs would also attract more young people.