Restaurants in the UK saw a 163% spike in redundancies as the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on staffing shows that almost 30,000 people lost their jobs as a result of the crisis.
Data from the Centre for Retail Research showed that there were 29,684 job losses across fine dining, independent restaurants and multiple casual dining chains during the year.
This is a sharp increase from 2019 figures, which saw 11,280 jobs lost across the sector.
The news highlights the devastating impact that tier restrictions, curfew measures and rules on serving alcohol is having on the entire industry.
The research also found that branch closures by hospitality firms this year had increased by 76% to 1,621, compared with 922 in 2019.
The CRR also said branch closures by hospitality firms had increased by 76% to 1,621, compared with 922 in 2019.
It highlighted major closure proposals and redundancy plans at companies such as Pizza Express, SSP Group, Casual Dining Group, The Restaurant Group and Mitchells & Butlers during the year.
After the new tier restrictions came into effect in England on December 31, a total of 22,082 restaurants are now in tier 4, meaning they are closed except for takeaway and 4,946 are in tier 3.