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Hays Travel – Up to 878 Job Cuts from Coronavirus Pandemic

Posted on 4th August 2020

Leading travel company, Hays Travel has said it is ‘devastated’ as it faces the potential cutting of up to 878 jobs from its firm due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Hays, which saved over 2,000 employees’ jobs last October when it bought Thomas Cook’s holiday shops said that the restrictions around travel are the cause of the potential job cuts. As Spanish restrictions again changed, hundreds of thousands of upcoming holidays were cancelled and the travel firm is currently consulting with 878 employees. Those affected are individuals training to be travel consultants and those who work in the foreign exchange division.

The firm said: “We are devastated that after all of our efforts and the huge investment we’ve made, we now face losing some of our valued employees, through no fault of their own. […] Following the decision to ban travel to Spain and the changes in furlough conditions coming at the same time, we have had no choice.”

As people now returning to the UK from Spain are required to quarantine for 14-days, many people are being forced to cancel their booked holidays as they are not able to take the extra two weeks off work upon their return. The decision came after a new spike was witnessed in cases of Coronavirus. People are now being told from the Foreign Office that it advises against all but essential travel to Spain, the Canary Islands, and the Balearic Islands.

Joint owner of Hays Travel, Mr Hays who owns the firm with his wife, said: “Other parts of Spain, on the Costa Del Sol, the islands, Majorca, Tenerife, Lanzarote, Ibiza, the Canaries […] the incidence of the virus is very low – less than the UK.”
He added, “The German government’s reaction has been to quarantine people going to the north-east of Spain, but allow people to go to all of the other places I’ve just said, and that’s a much more targeted and sophisticated approach.”

The travel industry is not the only one feeling hit-hard by the pandemic, as many retailers have recently announced plans to close shops or cut jobs. Tui is set to close a third of its UK stores, HSBC said it would “accelerate 35,000 job losses” just yesterday and Selfridges announced job cuts of up to 450 roles.