The number of jobs advertised in the hospitality industry increased by 15% in 2018, the fastest rate of increase across sectors.
According to research by Reed Hospitality and Leisure, the number of jobs advertised in the hospitality sector exceeded the national average of 9% across all UK sectors in 2018. The research showed that the hospitality and leisure sectors were among the few industries alongside HR, which continued to see the number of advertised roles grow year-on-year.
Among this growth there were increases in advertised roles for commis chefs (40% to more than 1,000 adverts) and operations managers (3% to almost 12,000 adverts).
Bill Dawes, area manager of Reed Hospitality and Leisure, said: “These figures show that the hospitality sector is in great health. Innovative outlets are popping up everywhere, with technology supporting both back and front-of-house tasks. Training, recruitment and retention are improving significantly, thanks in large part to new academies. The only concerns in the sector are uncertainty over Brexit, and struggling high street chains.
“Despite this, the British Hospitality Association predicts there’ll be another 500,000 hospitality jobs created by 2022, demonstrating the growth and expansion of the sector in the coming years. And companies are employing people on permanent contracts, so there still remains an undercurrent of confidence that this consumer dependent industry is strong enough to thrive after Brexit.”
Hospitality also kept pace in terms of salary increases with other fast growing sectors. While there was a 0.5% increase in average advertised hospitality and leisure salaries, the figures reveal a significant increase in some roles – 8.5% for executive chefs and 7.8% for hotel managers.