In Nice, the shortage of labor weakens the activity of shops

Where have the employees gone? Despite the needs, many traders in Nice are struggling to find staff to hire for work. No sector is spared by this labor shortage which is becoming worrying for many managers and managers of establishments.

The subject fuels the conversations of traders. Normally, summer season coincides with influx of staff. However, so far, it is dead calm. Recruitment is struggling. Lack of jobs? No, for lack of applicants. This is explained by Christophe Saulet, the director of So Green, a restaurant located in the heart of downtown Nice, Place Masséna.

“Usually in this period, I have CVs that I don’t know what to do with. And when I need staff, a sign on the door or a message on Instagram and that’s enough. There, it has been a month since I received any. For the first time I had to go to Le Bon Coin, Indeed and I am in the process of registering for Pôle Emploi. I have no feedback. ”

Direct consequence: the sign will have to close this Sunday, because of the lack of manpower to provide the service. “I don’t know yet how I’m going to do my planning next week,” asks the director of So Green.

“If businesses die, Nice dies”

A situation far from being an isolated case. This lack of employees does not only affect the restaurant sector, whether fast or traditional.

“I have managers from large ready-to-wear boutiques who come to lunch here and tell me that they are in the same situation as me.” Strenuousness of the job? Conversion? Afraid of the Covid? Accustomed to state subsidies? The causes can be many and varied. However, for Christophe Saulet, this situation clearly threatens the economic activity of the tourist capital of the Riviera: “If businesses die, Nice dies!”, He warns. “September promises to be very hard”, adds the one who hopes, however, for a return to normal for October …

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