The Dubliner

St Julian’s beloved Irish pub, The Dubliner Malta, is the latest establishment to announce that it would be reducing its opening hours due to the critical catering and hospitality staff shortage being experienced locally.

Taking to social media on Monday evening (yesterday), it said it would be closing its doors on Mondays until further notice, and apologised for the inconvenience caused.

It is the latest establishment forced to reduce its opening hours due to a critical staff shortage plaguing the country, and the wider Western economy.

Well-known local eateries such as Danny’s, Adam’s fish shop, Giuseppi’s and Crust have all had to reduce their opening hours due to a shortage of staff.

In addition, complaints on social media about poor service in Malta’s restaurants have been mounting, with some eateries, as evidenced above, being left with no choice but to cut down on opening hours not to sacrifice on the experience being provided to patrons.

Malta’s national budget for 2022, released on Monday night, contains several measures aimed at strengthening the workforce and incentivising more people to work. One such measure which could incentivise students to continue working throughout the scholastic year is that stipend will continue to be given when students work a maximum of 25 hours weekly.

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