Never mind the weather, never mind the rain!

Boost in the UK hospitality sector shows promise for hospitality recruitment.

It’s undeniable that the hospitality and travel sectors were some of the most badly hit professions during the Coronavirus pandemic, with many people’s livelihoods up in the air.

However, since the ease of lockdown restrictions and with the re-opening of restaurants and pubs at the beginning of July, the hospitality and travel sectors have been given a new lease of life and hope.

This fresh start is widely supported by new research commissioned by the building society, The Cumberland, which has revealed positive insights for those working in hospitality or interested in a career in the hospitality sector in the UK.

As the travel industry was under-fire this summer due to quarantine rules, as well as the fear of travelling via airports abroad, Brits instead opted for a staycation holiday in the UK.

Cumberland’s research revealed that 83% of British holidaymakers preferred a holiday within the UK, with research further suggesting that seaside towns such as Cornwall were a fan favourite with Brits, with 16% of participants choosing this destination.

Meanwhile, others decided to embrace the great outdoors with 16% visiting Scotland and 15% visiting the Lake District.

Most encouragingly of all, out of the survey of 1,015 UK adults, 71% said they plan to make the UK their destination of choice for holidays in 2021 – suggesting that the British staycation could be here for many years to come.

As more countries continue to join the UK quarantine list daily, research like this is invaluable to those wishing to continue working in hospitality, acting as reassurance that they will continue to be supported.

Cumberland’s research further suggested that Brits are now more focused on having an easy and relaxing holiday experience, with 59% claiming that the ‘ease’ of UK travel was a major benefit of staycationing, as well as 49% mentioning that it was ‘safer’.

Continuing with the theme of relaxation and safety, 39% of British holidaymakers would prefer to stay in a hotel.

Now more than ever before, hotels, restaurants and bars are fully equipped to offer a safe and stress-free hospitality experience, operating with the finest attention to detail.

Regardless of what’s to come next, it’s certain that hospitality in the UK isn’t going anywhere.

If you would like to work within hospitality or progress your hospitality career, contact our expert recruiters JWR today.

The importance of making hotel guests feel at ease during these uncertain times

There was a time when the quality of a hotel stay was judged by the standard of the services on offer, the presentation of the bedroom and the overall enjoyment of a guest’s stay. These remain key factors but are no longer the be-all and end-all.
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How much does it cost to hire a celebrity chef?

These days, celebrity chefs are more popular than ever. Many chefs have become household names thanks to the rise of TV cookery shows where they’ve had the chance to wow the world with their meticulous craft and specialist skills. So, you’re only human if you want a slice of the action too.

From a formal business dinner to a friendly village fete or even a private dinner with your nearest and dearest – a celebrity chef can add a touch of glamour to your food experience. Or, if you’re more business-minded, a celebrity chef can also create a lot of publicity for a product or an event. Because, let’s face it, having a celebrity in the room adds a buzz.

It would be hard to rank each celebrity chef individually as they all come with their own set of unique and fascinating skills. According to UK hire agency Black Card Entertainment (https://www.blackcardentertainment.co.uk/our-services/celebrity-hire/hire-a-chef.html), this means that hiring a top name will have different fees for different occasions. It’s safe to say that hiring a TV chef might depend a lot on what it is you would like them to do. For example, a bespoke cooking demonstration could cost you more than hiring them to judge a work event. Regardless, it’s more than likely that a celebrity chef could cost anywhere from thousands to hundreds of thousands for their time.

This being said, there are always more affordable options when it comes to hiring a celebrity chef. There are many rising TV personalities who may have a smaller fee than those who have been in the business for years. They’ll undoubtedly have the same pizzazz and passion for cooking, and still be able to add something special to your foodie event.

Whatever the cost, there’s a real draw that can come from hiring a celebrity chef. Whether it’s for a personal event to add that wow factor, or for a business to help you tap into a massively popular market – it’ll always go down a treat. Plus, we’re sure the food will be pretty out of this world too…

How will Brexit affect the hospitality industry?

The main issue with Brexit is that nobody knows exactly how it will wash out. Brexiteers, by and large, are confident that things will go well, that the UK is shrugging off an immense load of unnecessary legislation and will be free – able to make preferential deals with other countries, including individually with other EU members. But even Brexiteers cannot be absolutely certain that this will happen, and most financial and political experts – those who have watched the tide of the global economy and its responses to drastic political action over the decades and centuries – are fairly certain that things will not go as easily as might be hoped. When it comes specifically to the hospitality industry, there are a number of factors to take into account.

Manpower

Hospitality work, especially in the lower echelons, tends to be hard work performed at unsociable hours for the national minimum wage or thereabouts: few British people are willing to work these hours for so little money. Seasonal workers from the EU have traditionally filled the gaps left by the British workers, happily coming in for pre-sunrise starts or whiling away the quiet, dark hours behind the 24-hour reception desk as this means that they can pay their way, and get to thoroughly explore their temporary home country. Many of these temporary casual workers have already stopped coming into the UK, preferring to gain their travel and work experience in countries that are still firmly in the EU and that have proven themselves welcoming to foreign workers. After Brexit, this decline will most likely increase sharply, leaving enormous gaps in the hospitality market.

Ingredients and dishes

A large proportion of the UK’s food is imported from the EU under very favourable agreements, making it possible to have a fully cosmopolitan menu without the excessive costs that this would previously have given rise to. After Brexit, it is almost certain that prices of products will fluctuate quite wildly, probably shooting up at first – or perhaps being marked by instances of non-availability as any available stocks will be earmarked for existing EU members before third-parties can be satisfied. Once things have settled down, the UK may find itself having to accept deals on products that are available due to surplus crops rather than being able to choose which goods it wants. This may drive restaurant menus to change more often than would otherwise be desirable.

The hospitality industry, almost always, depends on spare money being available for leisure travel, and sometimes even for business conferences and meetings. In the event that the economy suffers as much as experts seem to be saying that it will: the hospitality industry will almost certainly suffer losses, with only those outlets with strong business practices, good financial reserves and a plan for the future already being actioned promised the chance of survival.

16 Michelin Star Deletions for 2020

Following the latest Michelin announcements earlier this month, a record amount of new stars were awarded in the 2020 Michelin guide; seeing 1 new three-star restaurant, 4 new two-stars and 3 new one-stars in Britain, including 3 new stars in the Lake District and Manchester’s first star in over 40 years!

Success for some however, can always mean disappointment for others. So, we’ve taken a look at some of this year’s omissions.

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How do you open a Pop-Up Restaurant?

There are many benefits of having a pop-up restaurant, that are similar to having a traditional brick and mortar restaurant but without the high cost of opening. A pop-up is a great way for a chef to show off their culinary skills, whilst expanding their culinary careers. This is as well as levelling the dining field and being able to offer gourmet food at an affordable price. Below we have listed the 7-step guide that will help you to launch your very own pop-up restaurant.

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Happy Easter from the James Webber Recruitment team!

Spring is finally here and hopefully we will be seeing more of the sun. If you don’t have any plans for the Easter weekend we have listed a few places for you and the family to visit. Check them out here!

Now in regards to work and recruitment, we have added an interesting article about 5 things that candidates want in a job advert. Do you take these into account when writing a job ad? Find out here.

We also have some new job roles for you to start in the spring. Spring = new beginnings! Latest Jobs

Have a Happy Easter and enjoy the sunshine!

Five Things Every Candidate Wants From a Job Ad

Writing job adverts can be difficult sometimes. Not only do you want to a vacancy to sound exciting but you also want to make sure you are attracting the right candidate for your company. Reed.co.uk has come to the rescue to help you on your job advert writing skills.

It’s not always easy to figure out what candidates really want…

But when you’re writing a job ad, simply covering the basics might not be enough to attract a good quality of applicant – something which could mean missing out on finding your perfect match.

Our own research and insights indicate that the most effective ads are more than a simple job description. And much of it comes down to articulating what really sets your company apart.

To make sure your ads are attracting the best candidates, here are five things every candidate wants from a new job:

Company culture

For many jobseekers, finding an organisation with the right cultural fit is essential.

Aside from ensuring factors like work environment and management style match their needs – they also want to know that the business they’re applying to work for is a reputable brand with good values and social responsibility.

Our research has shown that millennials in particular cite a commitment to corporate social responsibility (CSR) as one of the biggest reasons they’ll work for a company.

Without giving a clear indication in your job advert of what it’s really like to work for your company, you’re making it harder for candidates to gauge their suitability.

Career prospects

When it comes to finding the right role, career prospects will always be important.

In fact, if a job advert clearly states the possibility of long-term progression, candidates are far more likely to consider it. And that doesn’t just refer to promotion opportunities – they also want to know there are ways to develop their skills through training and development.

After all, no one wants their career to stand still.

So whether it’s helping to fund a qualification, running workshops, or offering secondments, there are many ways to promote employee wellbeing and job satisfaction through learning and growth.

Not only will providing these opportunities improve the amount of interest your vacancy receives, it’ll also mean those who are employed are more likely to stay.

An attractive salary

Let’s face it, money matters.

In fact, across all age and experience levels, salary averages out as the highest priority for those looking for a new role.

Because although it’s not the only thing people look for in a job, it’s almost always the first thing. Providing details of the salary packages on offer in your organisation will help prospective employees build a picture of their suitability for the job.

And with two in three jobseekers being more likely to apply when a salary is displayed, it’s pretty much a no-brainer.

Flexibility (work-life balance)

Not only do the majority of jobseekers strive for the right work-life balance, they also want an employer who understands its importance – and respects their employees’ need to have a life outside of work.

This, as well as a role in a convenient location, will allow your potential employees to benefit from improved morale – not to mention a greater level of motivation when it comes to their workload.

So to reach the right applicants, focus on giving them what they want. Whether it’s by providing details of options to work remotely, or opening up the option of flexible working hours, be sure to include the right information in your ad.

Good benefits

For in-demand candidates, attractive benefits can act as a key deciding factor when choosing a job.

Whether it’s a generous pension, a good healthcare scheme, or a substantial holiday allowance – benefits like these could be just the thing that sets you apart from other employers.

Company perks are also becoming more and more prevalent in many industries – with things like workplace recreational activities (e.g. ping pong tables, arcade games), in-house gyms, and healthy food initiatives often on the forefront of jobseekers’ minds.

So if you’ve got methods in place to boost employee wellbeing – even if it’s ‘just’ a pension, discount scheme or anything else – shout about them in your job ads.

 

Original source from reed.co.uk.

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Have nothing planned for the weekend? Well, check out JWR’s Top 5 Restaurant themed films! We all had a vote and agreed that these films are our top 5 favourites. Have you seen the ones we listed? If not, grab some wine and some popcorn and make sure you check these out.

We recently have come across a very inspiring book by the former CEO of Macdonald Hotels, David Guile. This book teaches the way of leadership and how to get the best out of your team. Whether trying to be a leader in the hospitality business or in any other career, this book offers you the best advice. Find out more about David Guile’s book Potential: Find it. Own it. Work it. here.

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