December 4, 2023


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Brits warned they could face closed bars and restaurants at popular resorts in Spain

Due to a shortage of waiters in the popular Spanish holiday destination Benidorm, Brits could face shuttered bars and restaurants

MADRID, SPAIN - MARCH 13: Empty restaurants are seen as people take precaution against the coronavirus (COVID-19) at Plaza Mayor in Madrid, Spain on March 13, 2020. (Photo by Burak Akbulut/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
Brits in Benidorm could see closed bars and restaurants due to staffing issues

Brits could face closed to bars and shuttered restaurants at popular holiday resorts in Spain due to waiter shortages.

Staff shortages in Benidorm have already caused a number of businesses to close early or even shut for entire days.

This all has hit the popular holiday spot in the run up to the summer holidays which would see the number of holidaymakers to the destination surge.

It comes as industry chiefs reportedly warn there could be around 4,000 vacancies already in Benidorm.

However, due to a combination of factors, the jobs reportedly aren’t being filled and there are concerns that only half of them will be taken up by the summer.

There are warnings that there will be thousands of vacancies within bars and restaurants, leading to difficultly maintaining opening hours


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The issue of hiring some claim is not due to pay, and a representative for the bars and restaurants told The Sun that a Benidorm waiter would take home just over £1,200 with tips.

However, the Spanish government has specifically said that low pay, along with poor working conditions and long hours contributed to the worker shortages.

Others pointed to the cost of living in a popular tourist resort as a waiter’s salary would be unable to pay the rent and afford to live and enjoyable life alongside it.

However, Benidorm isn’t the only place in Spain to suffer from such an issue.

Last month, Spain’s entire hospitality sector had 17,000 jobs on offer, around six times more than there was last year.

This comes after Brits on holiday in Spain are being warned not to attend “illegal parties” in the likes of Majorca or Ibiza , or face some hefty fines of up to £85,000.

The Foreign Office subsequently updated its travel advice for Spain, after “a number of serious accidents” have occurred at the unauthorised gatherings, often taking place in private homes or villas in the holiday hotspots such as Majorca and Ibiza.

The British Embassy in Spain has warned that not only are these parties not allowed, but they are common across the islands and heavy fines of up to £85,000 are being handed out to those who attend.

Some bars and restaurants are reportedly already closing early due to staffing issues


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In its updated advice, the Foreign Office warns: “There have been a number of serious accidents involving people attending irregular commercially promoted parties in villas and private homes on the islands of Ibiza and Mallorca.

“Licensed clubs and bars are required to meet safety and security standards, including emergency exits and capacity limits, and to have trained, licensed security staff.

“Irregular commercial parties may not meet these standards. You should take care of your belongings, ensure you know where emergency exits are located and not take unnecessary risks.

“Heavy fines may be imposed by local authorities to anyone attending irregular commercial parties.”

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