The National Outdoor Events Association (NOEA) has reported that 96% of event organisers are suffering from staff shortages which will continue to impact the industry through 2022.
Respondents to the survey made by the NOEA revealed that struggles to find staff and provide appropriate training were the main factors behind the shortages, with 83% of respondents predicting the issues will persist throughout the year. Increases in wages was also a main point of concern for event organisers taking part in the survey, who reported a 10% increase in staff costs as talented staff return to businesses.
“Talent has been a massive part of our association’s focus from the outset of this pandemic and the report underlines just why we have been so concerned”, said NOEA president Tom Clements. “2022 is going to be tough, and the pressure is on event organisers to be at their very best with some major, international events taking place across the UK. We need our talent back, we need them correctly rewarded and we need support for businesses who are going to make these events the magnificent spectacle they need to be.”