New initiative aims to tackle staff shortage

Staff member with face mask

TRADE group UK Hospitality has teamed with the Department for Work & Pensions (DWP) to promote jobs in hospitality as the sector faces a staff shortage.

The initiative will see the group running sessions across Scotland, England and Wales in partnership with Jobcentre Plus to promote the sector to jobseekers.

A recent UK Hospitality survey found 80% of surveyed businesses were seeking front-of-house staff, with 85% in need of chefs. Almost half had vacancies for housekeeping staff and 43% were looking to recruit assistant or general managers.

“We’re delighted to be working with the government to restore confidence in a sector which is a stable employer for millions of skilled and unskilled workers across a wide range of diverse roles, and which can play a constructive role in tackling unemployment,” said UK Hospitality chief executive, Kate Nicholls.

“Staff at all levels play a crucial role delivering wonderful hospitality at the very heart of their local communities and employers large and small offer high-class training schemes, apprenticeships and career development pathways.

“Prior to COVID, the hospitality industry employed 3.2 million people in the UK, making it the third largest private sector employer in the UK.

“The government can help to restore confidence in the sector so once again it as seen as a dynamic sector of growth, and a provider of fulfilling careers that will help power the UK’s economic and social recovery.”