Hospitality faces recruitment battle as number of applicants drops 

Hospitality faces recruitment battle as number of applicants drops 

Restaurants and pubs are facing difficulty in recruiting more staff with less applicants per role.

Businesses have posted 69 per cent more job listings in August this year, compared to January, after venues were finally allowed to operate without Covid restrictions this summer.

In particular, venues are on the hunt for more skilled chefs to join their teams.

However, there has been a 65 per cent decrease in the number of applicants per role, according to recruitment software business, Occupop. 

It comes as there were 660,000 hospitality sector job losses in 2020 with 300,000 overseas workers leaving the UK because of Brexit and the pandemic.

The sector is facing a reputational challenge as 64 per cent of furloughed hospitality workers plan to move other industries.

Workers want to pursue a better work/life balance and said there was little career progression in hospitality, Occupop’s research found.

Co founder of Occupop, David Banaghan said: “There is no doubt that hospitality is in a situation no one could ever have predicted. But as the third largest business sector in the UK, it is imperative that every employer within hospitality finds ways to attract and retain talent.

“At Occupop, we have already seen how employers are upping their games, with steady inflation in hospitality salaries; along with some innovative hiring tactics such as sign-on bonuses and employee referrals bonuses.”

Separately, almost seven in 10 employers expect to make redundancies within the next year, CityAM reported on Monday.

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, or furlough, is set to end on Thursday, with concerns the end of this support could trigger mass job losses within the coming months.

According to the study from Renovo, 69 per cent of all UK employers anticipate job losses, with 46 per cent of organisations expecting to make redundancies within 6 months, while 23 per cent anticipate redundancies within 6-12 months.

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