50,000 tourism worker shortages

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Speaking to Lusa, Rita Marques said a Portuguese “business mission” is being prepared for the last quarter of the year to “ensure” that the country can receive workers from CPLP countries ( Community of Portuguese-Speaking Countries), under the new regime for the entry and stay of workers in Portugal.

“The objective is to take a delegation of Portuguese entrepreneurs who are looking to strengthen the staff and then identify potential workers who are interested in working in Portugal… and that the consular services can then favorably expedite the visas administratively and we can bring with us workers who intend to enter this line of business,” she explained.

According to the Secretary of State for Tourism, Trade and Services, who met several representatives of the tourism sector in the Algarve, the Portuguese Trade Mission, which includes several government areas, such as “Labour, Foreign Affairs and Economy”, should take place in the last quarter of 2022.

A new law to help with recruitment

“Right now, while there is a strong recovery in the tourism sector, we are facing several challenges and one of them has to do, precisely, with the lack of human capital,” she said. said, adding that during the meeting with entrepreneurs in the sector, the new law was discussed.

According to the official, the new law has introduced “very relevant and substantial changes in the issuance of visas, especially in the context of countries that have ratified the CPLP [Community of
Portuguese-Speaking Countries] OK”.

Estimating that the country needs 45,000 to 50,000 workers in the sector to guarantee the quality of services in tourism, Rita Marques considered that the new regime of entry and stay of workers in Portugal “can be useful precisely for to be able to import human capital”.

However, she underlined, there is the concern “to ensure that this human capital is also adequately trained and qualified” to maintain “an offer of services of excellence” in the sector, involving in this matter the national hotel and tourism schools.

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