On the same day that official statistics have been released to show unemployment in the UK has continued to fall to 2008 levels, we are pleased to announce figures that show how the UK hospitality sector is also enjoying the positive economic conditions.
As of today (12th May), the number of people placed by our recruiters reached the same level as it was for the whole of the first 6 months of 2014. This is also the highest level since 2007.
Toby Holt, Operations Director for the regions, commented ‘the number of vacancies we have had registered with us is exceptionally high, our challenge is in identifying people to work in these roles; good candidates don’t hang around long, in fact we find that we are placing people very quickly.’
As the UK’s leading hospitality and leisure recruitment company, with a 30 year history, Berkeley Scott remains the most recognisable brand in the industry. Despite this, Mike Gardner, operations director for London and the South East acknowledged that ‘it’s imperative we continue to invest in the industry and our brand in order to stay at the top. This is why we have agreed to exhibit at the Restaurant show later in the year, continually invest in our advertising channels and support networking opportunities across the business.’
With wages rising, and employment levels at their highest level since 1971, many of our clients are focussing on retention. Our clients need to ensure that they intensify their efforts to retain the best people as having to hire unnecessarily could cause major disruptions. Holt says that this means ‘it goes beyond salary. Employees and candidates want to see a visible career path, good quality training, improved work-life balances and affinity with the company culture.’ There are signs this is beginning to happen, with a number of key clients hiring retention strategists. Gardner concludes that ‘whilst we are advising our clients to focus on these things, this is something we are also doing in our business. We only thrive because of the high calibre of individuals we employ and we make certain we support them through giving them a fantastic working environment.’