Economy

11000 pubs in Britain disappear in a decade

11000 pubs in Britain disappear in a decade”

New data published by the Office of National Statistics shows that the number of small village pubs have been hardest hit.

The ONS found that total turnover for the industry has remained flat despite a staggering figure of nearly one in four pubs having closed in the period.

"The pub sector is proud of its role as a major United Kingdom employer and so the ONS data showing that pubs are employing more people than ever before is welcome news", said Brigid Simmonds, chief executive of the British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA).

Barking and Dagenham, Newham and Luton - all in and around London - now have fewer than half the pubs they did in 2001.

The ONS states: "In York there are around 2,250 jobs in pubs and bars". The ONS said the reason is that the big pubs typically require more waiting and kitchen staff to serve food and drinks.

Areas with strong tourism economies - such as Highland, Scotland; Blackpool; and Brighton - saw increases, or the same number, of pubs. Overall, pub revenue has remained flat since the recession, taking inflation into account.

In 2008, United Kingdom pubs had a median number of five employees, a number that has increased to eight employees by 2018.

However, despite the loss of more than 11,000 pubs in 10 years, there are now 6% more jobs in pubs than there were in 2008.

The rise in employment has been more pronounced in rural pubs, where in 2018 total employment in England and Wales is 17% higher compared with 2008.

Around 70% of workers in pubs and bars are paid less than the Living Wage Foundation's Living Wage which is now £10.55 in London and £9 elsewhere, the research showed.

The main reason was due to more consolidation around bigger pubs, resulting in the disappearance of smaller venues. This is set at £10.55 per hour in London and £9 per hour elsewhere.

More than 12,000 small pubs have closed since 2001, but the number of medium and larger sites is growing.

The ONS data also show that, as many pubs have shut down, the remaining ones seem to have soaked up custom from them - seeing revenues rise and employing more people.



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