Problems finding staff
Leisure centers in Nicosia showed less traffic.
According to OSIKA, the occupancies in leisure centers across Cyprus ranged from 75%-80% during the three days of the Flood.
In statements to KYPE, the President of the Federation of Owners Associations of Leisure Centers (OSIKA), Neophytos Thrasyvoulou, stated that coastal cities as well as mountain resorts had “their due”. Leisure centers in Nicosia showed less traffic.
Mr. Thrasyvoulos noted that the weather was not helpful, however the visitors were fully served.
He expressed the opinion that the three-day event is a good start for June, but also for the start of the summer season. Mr. Thrasyvoulos wished that these vacancies would continue until the end of the year.
Problems in finding staff
The Mr. Thrasyvoulos also referred to the problems faced by the food industry sector in finding staff. Already, he said, they had a meeting with the Minister of Labor to whom the Federation expressed its concerns about the workforce.
The priority issue, he continued, is with the students but also with the political asylum seekers. Regarding the issue of applicants, he explained that there are applicants who have been given work permits in Cyprus, since 2019 during the pandemic.
Today it seems, he said, that some of them reject their applications, and entrepreneurs enter the process of training new applicants for political asylum. He said that any occupation in the food industry requires specialization for about one to one and a half years.
He added that the change of employees is a bad development for the economy as well as for businesses.
He also called on the Ministers of Labor and Interior to find an arrangement for asylum seekers who continue to work in Cyprus and are registered in the social insurance funds and are employed and their work should be extended for another six months, until the end of the tourist season.