UK night time industry reports 86.000 jobs lost during COVID
According to new study published today by the Night Time Industries Association, about 86,000 jobs were lost in the UK`s night-time cultural economy as a result of the COVID pandemic. 

Additionally, the trade group makes a number of demands of the UK government in order to protect a sector that accounted for 1.6 % of the country`s GDP prior to the COVID shutdown, according to the trade group.

The NTIA`s new report aims to quantify the economic impact of the broader night-time economy - and specifically the night-time cultural economy, which includes businesses that are driven by cultural and leisure activities - prior to COVID-19 and the lockdown measures that forced many of those businesses to close completely or operate at reduced capacity for a sixteen-month period. It then examines the impact of such lockdown measures and the challenges ahead as the night-time sector gradually resumes operations.

According to the group`s estimates, the UK`s night-time cultural economy generated £36.4 billion in revenue in 2019 - or 1.6 percent of GDP - and supported 425,000 employment. It then notes that approximately 86,000 jobs have been lost since the sector`s 2019 peak.

"[These] revelations have implications for the wider economy’s recovery from the pandemic, with clear evidence of significant economic `scarring`", says the NTIA. "While the government is portraying shortages in many sectors as being `transitional` on the path to a high wage economy, there are fears that many of the jobs lost to the pandemic in the night time economy sector will lost for good, with businesses closing and persistently lower demand for services".

Additionally, the trade group claims that its study bolsters its contention that the Scottish and Welsh governments` COVID Passport programmes - which require clubs and some other venues to check a customer`s COVID vaccination status at the entrance - are unreasonable. Although a similar strategy was abandoned in England, officials have stated that it may be implemented during the winter if subsequent coronavirus outbreaks result in an increase in hospitalizations.

Commenting on the new report, NTIA CEO Michael Kill (pictured) 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".