New figures released today by the Licensed Vintners Association (LVA) show that at least 2,450 jobs have been lost in the Dublin pub sector since pubs closed their doors in March.
On average, just over 18 jobs were lost per day since the 15th March 2020 closure. The LVA has indicated there may also be further significant job losses ahead, with almost one in three Dublin pubs yet to reopen and any pubs that do open operating at 50% capacity or less.
The LVA also confirmed that ten pubs across Dublin have ceased trading since the closure in mid March, including The Queens in Dalkey, The Donaghmede Inn and The Cardiff Inn, Finglas.
Speaking this week, LVA Chief Executive, Donall O’Keeffe said, "We expect there will be significant further redundancies should the public health situation require additional delays in the reopening of pubs. As it is, even those pubs who are trading have had to let some workers go and/ or reduce the number of hours and level of salary provided to account for pub capacity being reduced to 50% or less of their pre crisis levels. These problems are multiplied for pubs who are not in a situation to take in any income."
He added, "This time last year, Dublin pubs were having difficulty finding sufficient staff, such were the number of jobs being created. How that picture has now changed. To what extent the employment outlook further darkens will depend on the trading situation and the public health prognosis in the weeks and months ahead."