Hospitality jobs set to increase in 2013, according to Barclays survey

The number of hospitality jobs is set to rise dramatically, according to a new Barclays Job Creation Survey.

In the survey, 61 per cent of the businesses revealed that they were going to create new positions over the next 12 months. This is in comparison to 55 per cent of firms which aimed to create new jobs this time last year. Looking further into the results, half of the hotels, restaurants and pubs that were sampled stated that they were interested in taking on ex-public sector employees; seven per cent higher than the cross-industry 43 per cent average across the UK.

For those already within the sector, 77 per cent of the businesses revealed that they were not planning to make any job cuts in the next year, meaning that many employees can take a big sigh of relief.

Mike Saul, head of hospitality and leisure at Barclays, said: “Despite the discretionary nature of the hospitality and leisure sector, it is one of the largest employers in the UK, and has weathered the economic storm well.

“It is well-placed to offer opportunities to a broad spectrum of individuals from many different employment backgrounds, and as our research shows, there is clearly room and appetite to develop these aspirations.”

This news comes in conjunction with the government announcing this week that the National Minimum Wage will rise by 12p for adults to £6.31 in October, whilst 18 to 20-year-olds will also see a 5p rise to £5.03. With the hospitality sector being the fourth largest industry in the UK, according to the British Hospitality Association, these new wages and hospitality jobs will be a sure-fire way to boost the sector further.

The survey results are based on questioning 54 hospitality businesses.

Berkeley Scott is a specialist recruitment agency providing hospitality employment solutions.