DUBLIN, Ireland: Ireland's Supermac's nationwide food chain has had to hire foreign workers to fill empty positions at its restaurants nationwide.
In fact, Supermac's founder, Pat McDonagh, said staffing the restaurants is currently the company's biggest challenge.
"We are in the process of recruiting from these countries because the staff just aren't available in Ireland," he said, as quoted by RTE.
Further, McDonagh said one of the reasons it is difficult to hire Irish workers is because of the Government's Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP).
"I think the PUP caused people to get a bit lazy," he said, according to RTE.
"A lot of Irish have moved on from the catering business - maybe because of the uncertainty of it and maybe because of the unsociable hours," he noted.
McDonagh said that Supermac's employs a staff member to work full-time recruiting staff from abroad.
He recalled that there was a similar recruitment drive from Malaysia in 2004.
Of every 100 workers recruited from overseas, 55 will work in Supermac's fast food outlets and 45 in the group's hotels.
McDonagh said that 80 percent of their workers are Irish, and 20 percent are foreigners.
As of 2019, there were 118 Supermac's locations throughout Ireland.
Its hotel properties include Castletroy Park Hotel, Limerick; Loughrea Hotel and Spa, Galway; Charleville Park Hotel, Cork; The Killeshin Hotel, Portlaoise; and Castle Oaks House Hotel in Limerick.