12 Jul, 2021 @ 15:00
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WAITERS WANTED: Restaurants and bars in Spain’s Castellon just cannot get the staff

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BARS and restaurants in Castellon Province are desperate for summer staff.

Despite the financial and employment crisis caused by the coronavirus, the hospitality trade is having trouble finding employees for the peak time of the year.

It seems the main reason for this apparently contradictory situation is that a large fraction of seasonal staff has moved into other, more stable types of jobs, given the volatility of the current employment situation.

With bars, restaurants and hotels the most affected by the ever-changing COVID restrictions, it has been virtually impossible for employers to guarantee stable work this year.

Waiters wanted
Photo by Cordon Press

In addition, many potential employees and trade unions complain that kitchen, table and bar work involve long hours, considerable stress, often unfair conditions with low pay rates, unpaid overtime, and severe difficulties to reconcile the job with family life due to the timetables.

All major job-seeker sites and apps are full of vacancies for hospitality workers all along the coast of Castellon, with the sector usually employing between 12,000 and 14,000 cooks and waiters every summer.  

This year’s figures are expected to be much lower, with many adverts for staff going unanswered not only in Castellon, but in all tourist hotspots throughout the country.


Glenn Wickman

Glenn is a trained and experienced journalist, having obtained a BA Hons degree in Journalism and Communication Studies with Spanish from Middlesex University (London) in 2001.
Since then he has worked on several English-language newspapers in Alicante Province, including 11 years at the Costa Blanca News.
He is trilingual in English, Spanish and Catalán/Valenciano, a qualified ELT teacher and translator with a passion for the written word.
After several years in Barcelona, Glenn has now returned to the Costa Blanca (Alicante), from where he will cover local stories as well as Valencia and Castellón/Costa Azahar.
Please drop him a line if you have any news that you think should be covered in either of these areas, he will gladly get in touch!

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