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Hospitality & Catering job vacancies rise over 50% in two months, despite significantly low salaries

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Key facts

  • Vacancies in the Hospitality and Catering sector experiencing summer boost – rising 50% since May
  • However salaries are stuck in a rut, declining 1.1% year on year, against a national rise of 3.2% in other sectors.
  • Skills shortages for chefs and other specialist positions being felt across the industry.
  • London is the easiest region to find a job, whereas Northern Ireland is the hardest.
  • Salford has the lowest average advertised salary for Hospitality and Catering workers, at £19,220 – against a national average of £22,380.

Vacancies in Hospitality & Catering have risen over 50% to be at a 12-month high as the summer season offers more opportunities for waiters, bar staff, kitchen staff, and other professionals, according to research by job search engine Adzuna.

However average advertised salaries remain low, defying the national wage rise to actually decline year on year by 1.1%, despite a rise in the minimum wage.

A skills shortage is contributing to the number of vacancies as restaurants and takeaways complain about a lack of trained chefs. Head Chefs are one of the few job types that are actually seeing a rise in advertised salaries as restaurants compete for top talent.

There may be more evidence that people are moving from lager to lattes, as the number of vacancies for bar staff is down 8% year on year, while vacancies for baristas are up 39.4%.

A number of large restaurant chains including Prezzo, Jamie’s Italian and Byron are closing branches, with rising minimum wages, and a weak pound being among the reasons cited. Competition of jobs is at a five-year low, so labour costs are expected to go up as businesses try to attract and retain staff.