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Deputy shifts focus to hospitality; adds industry influencers to the roster.

Deputy shifts focus to hospitality; adds industry influencers to the roster.

  • 88% decline in rostered hours in the hospitality sector since 01 June. 
  • 175,000 Aussie workers are estimated to have lost their jobs since May 2021.
  • Announces industry advisory partnerships with 4 hospitality industry stalwarts.

SYDNEY – October 07, 2021 – More than 175,000 Aussie workers are estimated to have lost their jobs, or been without income during the latest lockdowns and continued border closures from May this year according to the Australian Institutes Centre for Future Work.

Many businesses have been unable to operate for over a quarter of the year now, and do not have the financial backing to support its employees through this time. Deputy data shows an 88% decline in rostered hours across the hospitality sector in Australia since 01 June that has remained stagnant in states with continued stay at home orders with many workers and business owners alike facing uncertainty about their ability to rebound financially.

Deputy understands the impact our hospitality sector has on the Australian economy, our national employment rate, and tourism. Which is why it is committed to helping the sector return to its pre-pandemic times of prosperity when our favourite eateries did more than just feed us, they were a way to experience local communities and were destinations for family and friends to come together and connect with each other.

Like many tech companies, Deputy has benefited from hospitality businesses which have contributed to much of its growth throughout the years, and it has a vested interest in ensuring that these businesses and their workers are able to rethink their strategies, rebuild operations and recover from the impact of the last two years successfully.

In order to do that successfully Deputy is pleased to announce its newly formed partnerships with Australian hospitality legends, Anthony Huckstep, Bianca Welsh, Shaun Christie-David, and Jackie Middleton, who will act as advisors to Deputy and its community on all things hospitality as we look to bounce back from the last year stronger than ever, together.

Working with the Deputy team the advisors will assist in building an engaged community, deliver industry-specific education to company stakeholders and will influence the way product features and programs are created so that the Hospitality sector is supported as the long road to recovery begins.

Find out more about Deputy’s Industry Advisors by visiting 

Facetime Portraits.

Deputy’s Hospitality Industry Advisors images were captured by world-class, award winning photographer Hugh Stewart. For more information about his groundbreaking Facetime Portraits project click here.   

“My hope is that these partnerships are just the beginning of Deputy building a stronger connection with the hospitality sector. And through their guidance we can create a destination for the industry to connect, share their experiences and educate Deputy on what it needs to do - to be a better partner for themselves, for their business and their team.” 

Ashik Ahmed | CEO & Co-founder, Deputy


“Deputy’s commitment to the hospitality community in Australia is really admirable and to have an organisation that ‘has your back’ is really important to be a part of to give back to the Deputy community.” 

 Bianca Welsh | Restaurateur (Stillwater) and Mental Health Educator


“I feel it's important to align myself with those making a genuine, positive impact. With those that create a community to make connections, and find ways for the hospitality industry to find its feet, now and into the future too. Deputy are forward thinking, and encapsulate this.”  

 Anthony Huckstep | Co-founder and host of Deep in the Weeds


“Deputy stands and represents the end customer with a level of care, empathy and compassion that we've not seen anywhere else. By truly understanding business owners’ ebbs and flows, the difficulties and challenges that have been presented over the last year and a half, and showing up in timely, important and crucial ways to support them, it’s something that we admire and respect from the Deputy team.”

 Shaun Christie-David | Co-Founder, PlateItForward & Columbo Social


"A strong industry community has always been part of my hospitality life but after a challenging 18 months it seems even more important to support the broader hospitality community. Deputy and I are aligned in knowing that we all have a role to play in rebuilding our livelihoods in an industry we love."  

Jackie Middleton | Co-founder and Head Food Nerd & Director, EARL

About Deputy

Deputy is on a mission to Simplify Shift Work™  for millions of workers and businesses worldwide. The company streamlines scheduling, timesheets, tasks and communication for business owners and their workers. More than 260,000 workplaces globally use Deputy to manage to schedule and effectively communicate with employees, providing millions of shift workers with more flexibility and control over their schedules. Deputy’s software helps businesses navigate workforce legislation including wages, overtime, entitlements and penalties - providing businesses with tools to simplify compliance and build a thriving workplace. Visit, or find us on Twitter, Facebook, the App Store or Google Play for more information.

Mat Beeche
Mat Beeche Global Strategic Communications Director



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