More staff hired in shrinking pub industry says ONS

An article by BBC News states: Pubs are employing more people than 10 years ago, despite almost a quarter of them having closed over the same period, official figures show.

According to research by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) this could be because an increasing number now serve food, which is more labour intensive.

More than 11,000 pubs have closed, leaving around 39,000 across the UK, the ONS said.

Some areas on the edges of big cities have seen pub numbers halve since 2001.

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The ONS found that the number of jobs in pubs dipped during the economic downturn. However, employment in the sector picked up subsequently and there are now 6% more jobs in pubs and bars than there were in 2008.

The largest increases have been in bigger pubs (those with 10 or more employees). This may be because serving food requires more waiting and kitchen staff.

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