The importance of networking

Networking with like-minded people in the industry can be a fun way to meet new friends and discuss day to day business. After all we all know how hard it is to get a work/life balance with the sometimes unsociable hours that occur at peak times in the industry.

It’s important to get the balance right and meet new people, which is why we teamed up with HotCat UK back in 2010 to bring what they do best to the table. Monthly events are held in some of London’s most desirable venues, as well as regular events in Oxford and Scotland.

Ben McEwen, Director of HotCat UK said:

“Networking has really become the buzz word of recent times and these days with the prevalence of social media there is a far greater emphasis on personal networks than ever before. hotcatUK is the professional network for the hospitality industry; we aim to help our members who come from all sectors of the industry to come together, share best practice and gain mutual benefit from networking. On a personal level I always enjoy meeting new people through networking and  I’ve enjoyed a variety of opportunities and introductions which would have not been there otherwise. Quite simply my advice is just do it, you really never know who you’re going to meet!”

HotCat UK is the perfect way to meet and stay in touch with people and keep up to date with some great opportunities for careers, events and having fun. With over 4,000 people on the network they’ll be something or someone of interest.

Find out more today on www.hotcatuk.com

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Showcase your Talents

Shouting about what you do and highlighting what you’re best at can be challenging at times whether as an individual or a business. But if you don’t speak up and tell everyone how good you are no one will find out about these ‘golden nuggets’ and be drawn into finding out more about you?

 

Think of it this way; if you you were joining a dating site you would have the best picture, 100% profile, what you like and information about you – only the best bits!   As a business ask yourself if you do the same, do you highlight the best opportunities out there, shout about awards and what you’re working on?

 

If not then you could be missing a trick in getting the right view about your business and attracting the best talent.  Last week marked the awards of The Best Employers in Hospitality 2012 , over 350 employers from the industry attended and it was a chance for those that entered to showcase their talents as employers and recruiters.  Not only do these awards recognise those within the business but they also promote those that are shortlisted or win. A badge or award on your website or marketing collateral can make you stand out from the crowd and attract the right people for your business, both internally and externally.

 

BEH 2012 Mya Lacarte Winners 2012Best Employers in Hospitality 2012

The awards are held annually so start planning ahead for next years Best Employers in Hospitality 2013 and stand out from the crowd. Or if you are based in Scotland you can still apply here.  Seek out opportunities that highlight your ‘best bits’ and become known for what you’re best at – be sure that your competitors will.

 

The full list of the top 50 Best Employers in Hospitality England and Wales 2012 and the top 10 Recruitment Consultancy Employers can be found on the website.

 

Think about what you do best and how you can showcase that talent to attract the best possible candidates. For more advice or to create a tailor-made campaign visit Caterer.com today.

Are you on board to raise the London minimum wage?

Patrick Dempsey (Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants): “We are creating 10,000 jobs at Whitbread.”

Hopefully you have heard the positive news that InterContinental Hotels (IHG) will become the first UK hotel group to boost salaries to support the London Living Wage.  IHG has agreed to phased pay rises over a five-year period in each of its eight managed hotels in the capital, ensuring all staff will be receiving the London Living Wage of £8.30.  They are also creating 10,000 jobs!

The Living Wage Campaign was launched by London Citizens in 2001 and has since won over £100m for more than 10,000 low-paid workers in London.

At the British Hospitality Association Tourism & Hospitality Summit on 1 June 2012 Patrick Dempsey also revealed that the Whitbread owned, Premier Inn operator is considering introducing a London living wage.  The summit also urged fellow hospitality employers to join The Big Conversation to talk about jobs and apprentices in the industry and join together in looking at raising hospitality wages in the city. For highlights on the event visit the Summit 2012.

The event highlighted the importance for industry to work together to support the economy in hospitality and tourism in the UK and investing the right training, development, time and funding into your teams can make a difference.

For more information on The London Living Wage and how it can support your team members visit the London Living Wage Foundation.

Check out our Salary Checker to see how salaries fair in the industry.

Download our latest HEI report to find out more about the latest hospitality trends.

Hotels are top recruiters in 2012

Last week saw the release of the Hospitality Employment Index report for Q1 2012, from Caterer.com and People 1st. The report found that whilst the industry level of ads remain static, applications have increased and opportunities in the hotel sector remain at the highest level in hospitality.

Q1 highlighted that there was a 9% decrease in managerial positions, could argue that these positions are being filled by current team members. Working in a hotel can be a great way to branch into different roles and develop your skills in management & leadership  techniques, there are currently over 5,000 live jobs on Caterer.com at present.

The British Hospitality Association (BHA) reported the opening of 61 new properties in 2012 in the Greater London area, compared to the opening of 28 properties with 6,800 rooms in 2011. Some of the properties opened in 2011 were re-openings, including the re-branding of existing hotels. With this mass of new business there are opportunities opening up across the city in existing and new hotels.

To download the latest Hospitality Employment Index report here.

To view the latest new openings visit Caterer.com.

 

Hilton’s Caroline Lowe on Getting Into a Career in Hospitality

For those looking for a career working with great employers and as specialists within hotels, restaurants, pubs, bars and food service – hospitality is definitely the industry for them.

More and more employers are unveiling their own journeys throughout their careers, which proves to be a useful aid for individuals looking to work in hospitality. Here at Caterer.com, we’re firm believers in organisations giving potential employees insights on how to acquire the right kind of experience and skills to succeed.

We went to see Caroline Lowe, director of human resources at Hilton Heathrow Terminal 5, to ask her about her career in the hotel industry and her advice on how to encourage potential employees to seek a job in hospitality.

Check out her interview here:

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The 2012 London Olympic Games are going to present a great opportunity for the hospitality and tourism sectors to grow. In a recent survey, over three quarters of UK hospitality business (78%) thought that there would be long term benefits to the whole industry, thanks to the Games.

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The north/south hospitality job divide

Are jobseekers better off going for that chef’s role in the hustle and bustle of London, or working as a hotel manager in the quiet of rural Yorkshire? It’s not as straightforward as it might sound, and in the run up to the 2012 Olympics, we’ve taken a look at hospitality jobs across the length and breadth of the UK to find out just where the growth, competition and available roles are. Take aim at our infographic below and dive in.

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Is the UK hospitality industry ready for the 2012 Olympics?

Catering for the Olympics is a huge task for the hospitality sector. Read on to find out if we’re ready to take on the Olympic legacy.

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Welcome to the Caterer.com recruiter blog

Hello and welcome to our all-new recruiter blog, where you’ll find opinions and comment on the news stories that matter to the catering industry, not to mention a host of features and tips to help you hire more effectively.

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