The Restaurant Association sought member feedback on the impact of Covid-19 in a series of short surveys.
This fifth survey was conducted at the end of April, 2020.
We know that our industry employs a number of staff who are working in New Zealand on temporary work visas. This survey was designed to find out more about how many of our members’ staff were on visas pre lockdown, and how that may have changed now, or could change in the future.
- Prior to the lockdown, 79% had migrant workers on temporary visas employed in their business
- Around 43% indicated that in the future they plan to reduce the number of temporary migrant workers in their business
- After the lockdown has ended, 35% believed that they will no longer have a need to employ further people on temporary work visas
“Going forward it is difficult to estimate the problems of recruiting temporary staff, particularly migrant workers, during high-season as we will not have the usual influx of backpackers.”