Increase in jobs advertised in the hospitality and leisure sector

Lamont Pridmore - Accountants

The hospitality and leisure sector saw an increase in the number of jobs advertised last year.

The number of jobs in the hospitality sector increased by 15 per cent in 2018, the quickest rate of any sector. The average increase across all sectors was nine per cent.

Growth in advertised roles for commis chefs was exceptionally high, an increase of 40 per cent to in excess of 1,000 adverts.

The research was conducted by Reed Hospitality and Leisure that showed that hospitality and leisure was one of the few industries that continued to see a growth in advertised roles year after year.

The hospitality industry was also in line with other sectors in terms of salary increases, an average of 0.5 per cent across the sector. However, some roles saw significantly higher wage rises, with an average of 7.8 per cent for hotel managers and 8.5 per cent for executive chefs.

There has been praise for the introduction of academies that are improving the standards of training, recruitment and retention in the sector, with many employees being on permanent contracts.

Bill Dawes, Area Manager at 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.

“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.”