Job postings in May and June 2021 rocketed 73% month-on-month for roles in the hospitality industry, whilst applications were down by 0.3%, according to new data from independent job board CV Library.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nIn addition to its findings, a recent report by the online training provider, High Speed Training, \u00a0found that a third (33%) of the public felt that roles in hospitality offered \u201clittle progression\u201d and are not considered careers for life, with further negative perceptions around low salaries and workplace stress.\r\n\r\nHigh Speed Training warned that business owners are now at \u201cbreaking point\u201d, with staff getting \u2018pinged\u2019 requiring them to self isolate due to Covid being an additional factor to the shortage.\r\n\r\nGiving advice on recruiting, training and retaining staff, Kevin Ryan, at the workplace management Platform, Planday, said: \u201cJust because your business is a bar, restaurant, cafe or hotel as opposed to an office, doesn\u2019t mean you can\u2019t create a healthy, open culture.\r\n\r\n\u201cMake it really clear when sharing a job ad, that by applying for the role - the applicant will be joining a friendly, growing team.\u00a0\r\n\r\n\u201cSpell out some of the perks that you\u2019re able to offer - whether that be staff social events and team lunches, or giving everyone the opportunity to put forward suggestions on how to grow the business. Could your staff put forward monthly menu suggestions, collaborate with other businesses, or take part in staff social media takeovers for example?\u201d\u00a0\r\n\r\nSarah Taylor, expert in hospitality business operations at the leading online training provider, High Speed Training, added: \u201cIf you\u2019re able to provide a\u00a0 progression path for applicants with as much extra training as necessary, then this is definitely something to state in your job ad.\u00a0\r\n\r\n\u201cThe job will then appeal to those looking for a long-term career with a passion for the food and drink industry rather than those looking for a stop gap.\r\n\r\n\u201cA lot of people may be put off applying for roles if they don\u2019t feel they have the adequate skills or experience. If possible, offer to pay for training courses in food hygiene and safety, or health and safety in the workplace. The majority of courses can be taken online and can be completed in a matter of hours, but are crucial in order to carry out tasks safely whilst adhering to regulations.\u201d\r\n\r\n\u00a0She added: \u201cIf an applicant has minimal skills but requires more training, or has very little training in the first place, make it clear that you can help them to upskill. You should also make this clear in the job advert itself, so people are more inclined to apply in the first place."