The latest Hospitality Index by People 1st has revealed that the number of hospitality job applications have increased.
It has emerged that that there has been a 17 per cent rise in applications generally across the UK, suggesting that many are considering progression in hospitality careers. Looking at the data regionally, the north-west of England led the pack, with applications having increased there by a mammoth 43 per cent, while London also enjoyed a healthy boost of 35 per cent. In total, Wales and Scotland also saw huge increases at 114 per cent and 71 per cent respectively.
One sub-sector that has particularly enjoyed growth has been hotels, where the number of skill-shortage and hard-to-fill vacancies have been on the rise. Since 2010, 154,000 new hotel jobs have been created in the UK. While this may seemingly be good news, it also suggests that individuals may not be staying within the industry for a long period of time. The report further highlighted that 20 per cent of the existing hotel workforce in the UK will leave each year.
These figures have generally been celebrated, but industrial analysts are still fearing the skills shortage that continues to exist in the sector. Brian Wisdom, chief executive at People 1st, said: "Despite these high levels of competition, some businesses still struggle to recruit people with the skills and personalities they need. Within the hotel industry, not only does this affect overall productivity levels but it also has a knock-on effect to labour turnover. This results in an ongoing need to replace staff who lack the motivation and commitment to remain with the company for a prolonged period."
Generally, across the entire job market, 30 per cent of businesses have found it tough to find new talent in the past 12 months, according to separate research by jobs.ac.uk.
Berkeley Scott is a specialist recruitment agency providing hospitality employment solutions.