Job Insecurity High Among Hoteliers | UAE Based Jumeirah Restaurant Group Announces Redundancies

Pierchic Restaurant - One of the many properties operted by JRG Dubai

UAE based restaurant managemnt group Jumeirah Restaurant Group (JRG Dubai) made a number of redundancies last week, including at least one director level position.

The news follows the closure on June 5th of one of the company's restaurant's, Rivington Grill in Souk Al Bahar, which had been operating for over eight years.  

JRG, launched in 2015 by Jumeriah Group, oversees a portfolio of 60 restaurants and brands, including Pierchic, Tortuga Mexican Kitchen and Bar, Pai Thai, The Agency and 360.

A Jumeirah spokesperson said in a statement to Caterer Middle East that the latest redundancies do not impact the ongoing operations of its venues.

The spokesperson added: “As part of our strategy to optimise efficiencies and deliver on expansion plans, Jumeirah Group has re-organised its F&B division, the Jumeirah Restaurant Group.

"As a result, some roles are no longer required. Any changes to the structure of JRG will not impact our guests and we will continue to offer the same great food and beverage experiences.”

According to the recently published Hotelier Middle East Salary Survey, job insecurity is a growing fear among hoteliers in the region, compared to last year.

Sources have told Hotelier Middle East that the job market isn’t conducive to new opportunities at the moment, while others have reported pay freezes in their companies.

In the 2015 edition of the survey, 23.8% of participants said they felt less secure than they did 12 months ago. This year, 38.8% expressed the same sentiment.

Source: Sarah Jacotine - Hotellier Middle East