Hospitality jobs are in high demand, according to new research. The latest Hospitality Employment Index report from Caterer.com and People 1st showed that there has been a 17 per cent increase in applications for hospitality jobs and the figure doesn’t seem to be slowing.
The results across the UK were pretty consistent, providing an indication that there’s been a rise in people attempting to boost their career development in the hospitality sector accordingly.
In the north-west alone, applications rose sharply by 43 per cent, almost reaching half of the previous research, while London recorded an increase of 35 per cent.
Scotland saw a huge rise of 71 per cent, just trailing slightly behind Wales, who saw an even better rise with a humungous 114 per cent rise in applications.
Brian Wisdom, chief executive of People 1st, said that skills shortages continue to be a problem in the sector.
He said: “Despite these high levels of competition, some businesses still struggle to recruit people with the skills and personalities they need. Within the hotel industry, not only does this affect overall productivity levels but it also has a knock-on effect to labour turnover.
“This results in an ongoing need to replace staff who lack the motivation and commitment to remain with the company for a prolonged period.”
Skill shortages are not the only problematic thing in the hospitality sector. Research by jobs board jobs.ac.uk showed that 30 per cent of organisations found it tough to source new talent over the past year.