Hospitality chains line up to attract ex-Jamie Oliver restaurant staff

Recruiters’ predictions that staff affected by the collapse of celebrity chef Jamie Oliver’s restaurant chain would not be on the job market for long appears to have been prophetic.

Earlier this week, Recruiter reported the celebrity chef’s chain, which includes the Jamie’s Italian chain, Barbecoa and Fifteen, had appointed KPMG as administrators resulting in 1,000 job losses.

But agencies bosses predicted these workers were unlikely to be on the jobs market for long due to current talent shortages blighting the hospitality sector and Italian-American restaurant Frankie & Benny’s has now stepped in to offer all 1,000 former team members from Jamie’s Italian a guaranteed telephone interview.

The chain has more than 250 restaurants nationwide and says it is hoping to help individuals that have been affected by the closures as part of Jamie Oliver’s restaurants going into administration.

Frankie & Benny’s has appealed to anyone who has lost their job with Jamie’s Italian, to send their CV into putting ‘Jobs for Jamie’ in the subject line, with the guarantee that they will receive a telephone interview.

Frankie & Benny’s people director Bridget Hutchinson added: “It was very shocking to hear the news about Jamie’s Italian earlier this week. Discussing it with the team we wanted to do something to help the thousands of employees who were let go and jobless as a result.

“We hope by offering any employees an interview we can help them get back on their feet as soon as possible. So, if you are in need due to the recent news please get in touch, we have jobs waiting for you!”

But Frankie & Benny’s could face competition from other organisations in the sector. A spokesperson for pub and hotel chain Wetherspoon told Recruiter former Jamie Oliver employees were more than welcome to apply for roles at the pub chain, as did a spokesperson for restaurant chain Wildwood.

And a spokesperson for restaurant chain Prezzo told Recruiter their thoughts were with the affected workers and invited them to apply for vacancies with the company.

“There will be a lot of people affected by the news, so from one Italian dining restaurant to another – we’re here to help.

“We have roles across the country, so if anyone is concerned about their situation, we’d encourage them to get in touch with our recruitment team by visiting our website.”

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