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Hospitality recruitment up 22% in Q2 2014

Over the past three months alone 43,787 jobs were advertised, up 22% since Q2 2013.

The findings are revealed in’s latest Hospitality Employment Index report, which also indicated a 14% increase in the share of salaries advertised over &pound30,000, with a 11% reduction in the proportion of jobs with salaries advertised under &pound20,000 over the past year. Overall salary growth is expected to be at 3% for the industry this year.

Commenting on the findings, Neil Pattison, Sales Director, said:

“We are now seeing signs of long term, perhaps even sustainable growth. Jobs are being created across all sectors of the hospitality industry, from food service to restaurants and pubs and bars to hotels. Yet with this upturn brings new challenges for hospitality businesses. Attracting more people to the industry is more important perhaps than ever before and employers need to remain competitive in the war for talent. As such, we’re seeing talent retention and engagement become central to every hospitality business’s strategy.”

The report revealed a number of key trends over the last 12 months to Q2 2014:

Scottish Growth

While London continues to advertise at the highest levels, with 12,000 jobs advertised over the past year, jobs advertised in Scotland increased by 21% and jobs in Wales grew by 16%.

Pubs and Bars Dominate

While the entire hospitality industry experienced strong growth in jobs, recruitment in pubs and bars dominated the hospitality sector, with 50% growth in the past three months alone. Food service experienced a 44% increase in jobs advertised. Meanwhile restaurants enjoyed 20% growth, where 2,295 jobs were advertised and hotels experienced an increase of 16% in advertised jobs.

Chef Roles dominate data disclosed that chef roles are currently in abundance, representing five of the top 10 roles advertised. Over the past 12 months this represents 38% of roles advertised. In terms of other roles available, these spread across all levels of the industry, from entry level roles such as junior sous chefs, through to managerial roles such as Assistant Managers, which made up 4.2% of jobs advertised over the past year.

Commenting on the state of the nation for the hospitality industry, Ufi Ibrahim, CEO, British Hospitality Association, said:

“It is no longer enough to expect that young people will naturally gravitate towards our industry. At the BHA we have long held the view that the best way to predict the future is to shape it. The question is how do we achieve it? As an industry we learn from experience we champion growth and we embrace change and innovation. Most importantly we know and understand that the future of our industry depends on attracting, investing in and developing the future generation through job creation.”

The quarterly Hospitality Employment Index report from is available to download free of charge at:


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