Applications to hospitality jobs “soared” by 119.9% month-on-month in March, as the industry’s professionals “desperately scrambled” for work amidst the Covid-19 pandemic, according to the latest report from independent job board CV Library.
The study, which explores job market data from March 2020 and compares this with figures from February 2020 and the same period in 2019, also reveals that the hospitality sector experienced a 5.8% increase in applications year-on-year.
Despite this, employers are remaining cautious and job vacancies dropped by 20.8% month-on-month, with salaries also falling by 7.6%.
Lee Biggins, CEO and founder of CV-Library said: “It’s not surprising that the outbreak of COVID-19 has prevented businesses from moving forward with their hiring plans. With global supply chains disrupted and many organisations forced to close their doors in order to respect social distancing rules, companies have had to change the way they operate and adapt to this new normal. Sadly, this has involved placing existing employees on furlough and even making redundancies.
“The national unemployment rate is set to soar in April and there’s no doubt that this will be a really tricky time for business owners across the UK. However, we will come out the other side of the pandemic and organisations need to be ready.”
He added: “Remember, we may be under these social distancing restrictions for some time, so be prepared to hire remotely and consider how that’s going to work. For example, you’ll probably need to adapt your recruitment process to rely on techniques such as video interviews.”