Full hotels face staff shortage
Eilat and Dead Sea hotels seek help, and government aid"Hotels in Eilat and the Dead Sea have been suffering from a severe shortage of workers at every level for a long time," says Fattal Hotel Management VP human resources Shimon Levy. He attributed the shortage to the improved economic climate, which has led to a boom in restaurants, cafes, bars, shops, and call centers, which have become alternative places of employment for young men and women.
Eilat reportedly lacks 1,500 hotel workers and hotels at the Dead Sea lack 400 workers. The greatest shortage is for receptionists, security staff, waiters, and housekeepers. Levy said that the labor shortage was most acute during the spring and summer seasons, especially at Passover, when hotels are full
Levy said that Eilat and Dead Sea hotels have met with the Israel National Employment Service and launched campaigns to attract cleaners, dishwashers, and others in order to alleviate their labor shortages. These efforts have been to no avail.
It should be pointed out that hotels tend to pay the minimum wage.
Levy said that hotels cannot offer higher salaries because they are competing against hotels in Turkey and Sinai. Higher salaries would result in higher rates, which would bring about the collapse of Israel's hotel industry. He said that the industry needed help from the Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Tourism, and the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor.
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