National gig-economy staffing business and workforce solutions company, Headway Workforce Solutions, is offering a paid online training to the first 400 restaurant workers who sign up for shift work in Austin and Houston, Texas. Each trainee will earn $50 to learn how to serve customers safely during COVID-19. Headway Hospitality, a division of Headway Workforce Solutions, hosts the ongoing web training for gig workers online.
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Employee Candidate Andrea S. states, “Lots of knowledgeable facts on the new normal way to work in the hospitality industry. Not just the industry but overall great information to know about COVID-19.”
“We see a great opportunity to help restaurant workers, and by extension restaurants, in Texas get back on their feet with gig work,” says Headway Workforce Solutions Executive Chairman, JP Sakey. He continues, “Establishments are opening slowly and cautiously, which aligns well with using a shift-based workforce, now, as well as for future operations. The app we offer to restaurateurs is an online marketplace for restaurant workers. They plug in the shift or gig they need assistance with, and Headway can provide an immediate or long-term need quickly. Hospitality employees can work shifts for less than 25% of their unemployment income and keep their unemployment benefits – plus the $600 extra they are collecting from the CARES Act. It is a win for restaurants, restaurant workers, patrons, and the state economy.”
According to the Texas Restaurant Association, the Texas restaurant industry has lost nearly 700,000 jobs to COVID-19. Based on estimates from the Bureau of Labor Statistics in March and April, the unemployment numbers for NAICS industry code “72” (the Accommodation and Food Services sector) were hit heavier than any other industry with over 6 million jobs lost nationwide. Only 25% of those jobs have returned with May posting a positive 1.4 million jobs gained.
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