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Hospitality

The Job Market

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Hospitality - general

  • Almost two million people work in the hospitality sector in the UK - that's one in 14 of all UK jobs.
  • Hospitality covers a wide range of industries, including pubs, bars, nightclubs, hotels, restaurants, contract food service providers and hospitality services and there are more than 180,000 hospitality businesses in the UK.
  • A third of hospitality employees are aged between 16 and 24 and almost half are under 30 years of age.
  • Fifty-four per cent of employees work part time.
  • The restaurant industry is one of the largest parts of the hospitality sector in the UK with about 69,500 restaurants employing more than half a million people.
  • There are around 300,000 bar staff in the UK. Employers range from small bars, clubs and hotels to national chains of breweries and pub management companies. However the pub, bar and nightclub industry has suffered badly over the past few years.
  • The hotel sector is another significant part of the hospitality industry. There are approximately 12,400 hotels in the UK and 245,000 people work in the hotel industry. (The majority of B and Bs are not included in this total - Visit Britain lists a total of 37,000 accommodation providers on its UK online directory.)

Food and Drink Preparation and Service

  • There are approximately 240,000 chefs/cooks working throughout the UK. There is currently a shortage of qualified and experienced chefs. Chefs are employed in every kind of eating establishment, from restaurants and fast-food outlets to hotels and company restaurants.
  • There are approximately 145,000 catering/restaurant managers working throughout the UK. There is currently a shortage of qualified managers. Catering/restaurant managers are employed in every kind of eating establishment, from restaurants and fast-food outlets to hotels and company restaurants.
  • There are around 400,000 kitchen and catering assistants in the UK. Kitchen assistants and porters work in restaurants, hotels, bars, pubs, the kitchens of schools, colleges and private companies, in the armed forces and in hospitals.

Housekeeping

  • There has been a 13% increase in the number of people working as hotel and accommodation managers in the five years up to 2008.

Venue and Events Management

  • The conference and banqueting industry is a growth area. There are over 12,500 conference managers employed throughout the UK. They can be based in business centres, contract catering companies, leisure facilities, pubs and restaurants, as well as hotels. Specialised events management companies also exist.
  • There has been a  27 per cent growth in the number of people working as conference and exhibition managers n the five years up to 2008.
  • The largest venues and event management companies are in major cities such as London, Birmingham, Edinburgh and Manchester. The events industry is growing, but entry is competitive.