NTIA Report Details Nearly 90,000 Jobs Lost In UK's Night Time Culture Sector Due To Covid-19

NTIA Report Details Nearly 90,000 Jobs Lost In UK's Night Time Culture Sector Due To Covid-19

October 13, 2021

As industries re-plant their feet in a post-pandemic world, a new report from Night Time Industry Association (NTIA) bring to our attention some bleak facts and figures, including the fact that over 90,000 jobs have been lost due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

In light of this, venues, bars and restaurants are shutting down due to the lack of support from the authorities towards an industry that once accounted for 425,000 jobs across the UK in 2019. It's worth pointing out that before the pandemic, the UK night time cultural economy was worth a total of £36.4 billion, or 1.6% GDP.

While governments scramble to stabilise the economy, there seems to be a lack of concern for the night life industries as people lose their jobs and businesses having to close for good.

Michael Kill, CEO of the NTIA, says: "We are pleased to be able to present today this important and timely piece of work quantifying, for the first time, the size of the night time economy in the UK."

"Important, because in my 25-year career working in UK nightlife, it has always struck me as so odd that we did not have a proper accounting of the value of this important sector. Today's report puts that right, and is long overdue."

"It's timely because at this moment, governments in Scotland and Wales are pressing ahead with chaotic vaccine passport plans, and the UK Government refuses to rule out their use in England. It is the worst possible time to introduce vaccine passports, which will further damage a sector essential to the economic recovery."

"It is crucial the Chancellor use the upcoming Budget to support this beleaguered sector. We are calling for him to extend the 12.5% rate of VAT on hospitality until 2024, include door sales in that reduced rate of VAT, because the present system punishes nightclubs that rely on door sales rather than selling tickets, and for him to ensure there are no increases in Alcohol Duties—our sector really cannot afford any additional burdens."

Words: Blessing Borode
Photography: Bobby Vasilev