A rise in hospitality jobs pleased the industry
The hospitality industry underwent a healthy growth last year according to Caterer.com. The industry experienced a growth of 8% in jobs throughout 2013, with an increase of a massive 16% coming in the final quarter compared to previous years. Applications are said to have fallen by around 5% per job throughout 2013, so whilst this could actually mean that fewer people are applying for the roles they come across in their job hunt, it could also mean that hospitality candidates are becoming more and more selective in their job hunt, expressing more interest in the options available to them.
The trend has seemed to continue into 2014, with 12,000 jobs being advertised for the hospitality industry in the few months. The sectors included range from food and pubs to restaurants and hotels, outlining the need for numerous employers to continue their attempts in attractive new talent in the hospitality industry.
The hotel sector may be experiencing some of its best growth in years as Scotland is enjoying a huge growth, where some job levels increased by a fifth last year, driving a huge 20% increase compared to 2012. Applications for each job were also at a high, potentially highlighting a recruitment drive paying off in the Scottish hotel industry. Scotland is also experiencing a considerable growth in their food service, with adverts for the sector rising by 22% when compared with last year. The East and South East of England, along with Wales, are experiencing a hike in recruitment activity, whilst London suffered a decrease of 14%. This figure could be down to big businesses moving from London, wishing to avoid the expensive costs of office space.
The hotel sector as a whole seemingly experienced a huge increase in finance as the hotel budgets grow along with the sector. This has led to pressures on the industry being hiked by investors and owners alike, so companies have had to change their talent strategies. Hotels are responding to the increase by boosting the strength of their employer bran identities, which makes talent the centre of their customer offerings. There’s an increased demand for specialist skills, such as chefs, as they grew 2.6% on their own, a move away from the traditional cook.
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