New research has revealed that employing ex-offenders and those who have experienced homelessness could help to tackle the skills gap.
Caterer.com, which conducted the research, says that hiring such people could also allow employers to meet increasing customer demands for socially conscious dining.
Almost half (42%) of those surveyed said they would be more likely to visit a restaurant if they knew it employed ex-offenders or the homeless.
The rise of conscious consumerism comes at a crucial time for the hospitality industry, as 79% of bosses say they are currently looking to recruit fresh talent and 74% struggling to fill the roles they have available. Despite this, only a third are currently connecting with ex-offenders to fill vacancies.
To help the industry bridge the talent gap and better integrate these groups into the hospitality workforce, Caterer.com has partnered with social entrepreneur Alex Head and industry charity Only A Pavement Away, who each provide gateways for vulnerable groups to find employment and receive support, training and guidance to rebuild their lives, confidence and self-worth.