A report carried in the Business Post recently states that the Economic and Evaluation Service examined what happend after some 515,000 workers signed-off the PUP to discover that 350,000 of them went back to the empoloyer they’d worked for before Lockdown and another 50,000 went to a different employer in the same sector.
However the remaining 115,000 have gone to work in a different sector altogether including some 20,000 who used work in hospitality.
The figures were presented to the Cabinet’s Sub-Committee on Economic Recovery at the end of September.
This “significant mobility” in the Irish labour market was referred to by the Minister for Public Expenditure Michael McGrath in his Budget speech.
Some 50,000 workers have been lost from the hospitalitiy industry as a result of Lockdowns, it’s estimated.
However hospitality workers comprise some 17% of those remaining on the PUP and bodies such as the Restaurants Association of Ireland have called for the immediate cessation of this payment “in the best interest of the taxpayers of Ireland”.