In Carcassonne, restaurateurs and hoteliers face a lack of candidates

While Métro was organizing a special catering job dating morning on Monday, April 25, professionals faced empty chairs. Despite the mobilization of several actors, such as Pôle emploi or the local Mission, few candidates came to present their CV. However, there is no shortage of offers: to date, 40% of the jobs to be filled in Carcassonne concern this sector.

Monday, April 25, it was time for grimace soup on the shelves of the Metro. Gathered on the occasion of “Place à l’emploi”, a sort of mini-recruitment fair dedicated to their sector, the 16 restaurateurs present often found themselves in front of empty chairs. “It is very difficult to find staff in the catering industry.“, notes Jean-Pierre Blasco, owner of L’Auberge des Délices. A situation that dates, according to him “before covid“, but which the pandemic has helped to exacerbate.

While he managed to retain his seasonal workers, the restaurateur is now looking for an employee to provide service in the dining room. A key position to complete the season. However, the entrepreneur is considering closing his restaurant “some days“.”Usually the summer months keep us afloat through the winter. But if I don’t have enough staff, it becomes very complicated to provide the service.“, he indicates.

A sector that no longer attracts as much

In France, 220,000 jobs are to be filled in the hotel and catering industry“, notes Sarah Barrs. The director of Métro-Carcassonne responded to the firm’s national call, aiming to organize this morning of recruitment for “support professionals“. Frédérique Pavesi, business advisor at Pôle emploi, specifies: “30 to 40% of job offers in Carcassonne concern this sector“.

However, it does not explain the lack of attendance at this recruitment morning. “I think there is a gap between the expectations of young people and the reality of this profession, with cut schedules, and salaries that are sometimes too low.“Yet according to her, “many professionals have made efforts to attract and retain their seasonal workers“. Gabriel Molinier, professional integration advisor for the Local Mission, observes rather a paradigm shift. “Catering attracts young people for seasonal employment. But they no longer seek to make a career there.”

Pôle Emploi had invited 3,000 job seekers to take part in this recruitment morning.
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However, the argument put forward by Pôle emploi or the Mission locale de “find a job even without experience“during this event does not appear to have spoken to potential recruits.”We sent an invitation to 3,000 job seekersemphasizes Frédérique Pavesi. At 11 a.m. we had to text 1,600 of them again to get them back.” Difficult to attract the public to go to job interviews, even informal, on this first day of school holidays.

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