Restaurants Canada recently called on its members to find out how they see the future of food for the year 2015. According to the results obtained via the Restaurant Outlook Survey, improving the economy as a whole, however fragile -it, brings a renewed optimism in the industry. Indeed, 84% of operators expect their sales will increase steadily in the next six months. These predictions follow a solid performance in the third quarter, where nearly 40% of respondents reported an increase in sales compared to the previous year.
"The economic recovery and the approach of the holiday season bring joy to restaurants, says Garth Whyte (then president and CEO of Restaurants Canada). This optimism bodes well for the job market, since 80% of operators expect to maintain or increase their workforce. "
Yes hiring, but what about the shortage of labor?
Although restaurateurs are ready to hire more staff, they might have trouble finding the right employees.
"For the first time since the inception of our survey in 2011, the shortage of skilled labor is one of the top three concerns for Canadian operators," says Whyte. Find less qualified staff is a major challenge for restaurateurs. "
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