Thousands of jobs vulnerable to redundancies

UK: Hotel chains such as Marriott, Millennium, IHG and Hilton have begun redundancy consultations with its staff.

Around 1000 jobs at Marriott hotels in the United Kingdom are at risk as the company begins consulting over redundancies at 60 of its properties, as well as its head offices.

Marriott employs around 5,500 people in the UK and it currently has 26 of its 60 hotels open. A similar number of hotels are operated through franchises, where it’s at the jurisdiction of the manager to decide on job cuts. 

Millennium has also begun a redundancy consultation with its staff. The company operates around 100 hotels worldwide, and said it was “committed to its business in the UK for the long term.”

Last month, Hilton announced that it will lay off 20 per cent of its global workforce, which equates to around 2,100 jobs. The company said it is also extending its corporate pay cuts, reduced hours and furloughs for up to three months.

Similarly, InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) is also looking to cut costs. It follows the announcement that 90 per cent of its global portfolio has reopened.

Kate Nicholls, CEO of UKHospitality, warned that hotels in the luxury sector and conferencing and banqueting are among the worst hit as a result of the pandemic. At least 20 per cent of jobs at large chains are at risk as sites begin to reopen.

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