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From global greats to fresh new brands,

hospitality employers set new standards to attract and retain the talent they need

The UK Hospitality sector is the envy of the world, and rightly so. One of the UK’s biggest employers, the hospitality industry provides jobs to seven percent of the working population. This ever evolving, thriving sector has a constant demand for employees at all levels, and companies work hard to recruit the right people, develop their skills and retain their valuable experience.

Besides the uncertainty of Brexit, the biggest problem facing hospitality employers is without doubt the ongoing skills shortage, which is widely estimated to be reaching crisis level. Companies must now focus, invest and innovate to attract and retain the talent they so desperately need. That’s why the team at, the largest and most successful UK hospitality job board, are proud to celebrate the finest hospitality employer initiatives in recruitment, development and retention through our People Awards.

This year we were absolutely inundated with entries from employers of all sizes, from all sectors and regions of the UK, representing the wealth of fantastic work that goes on to engage hospitality talent at every stage. Our panels of judges had a serious task on their hands to whittle these entries down to shortlists and winners, but judging has now taken place and is thrilled to announce the shortlist for the 2017 People Awards.

Our shortlist this year includes a huge range of employers representing the true diversity of this wonderful industry, including Hilton Worldwide, Compass Group, Rezidor Hotels, Green King, YO! Sushi, LEON Restaurants, Dishoom, National Theatre, Sodexo – Ascot Racecourse, POD Food, Reds True Barbecue, Liverpool FC and Brewhouse & Kitchen.

To be held at the Park Plaza Westminster, London on October 5th, the awards ceremony promises to be an exhilarating night celebrating the continual evolution and improvement of hospitality recruitment, retention and development. The awards are headline sponsored by Octane HR Solutions, and category sponsors include Admiral Recruitment, CORE Recruitment, Off to Work, People Bank and Talent Hive.

Winners will be announced across 13 categories: Employee Engagement Programme, Employer Brand Campaign, Rewards and Benefits Initiatives, Learning & Development, On-Boarding Programme, Emerging Talent Initiative, Candidate Experience, Launch Campaign, Diversity, HR Team, In-House Recruitment Team, Leadership in Recruitment, Retention and Development and the special Ambassador to The Industry Award. The shortlist in full can be found here.

Our People Awards are an essential date for employers and recruiters in the hospitality industry events calendar and table booking is now open. Bring your teams, and join us along with 500 of your industry peers for a wonderful three-course dinner, wine, entertainment and an evening of celebration toasting the hard work of hospitality employers. The 2017 People Awards will be hosted by the hilarious Katherine Ryan, so it’s sure to be a night to remember. Event details can be found here and you can make your booking via

Congratulations to all the shortlisted employers! We look forward to seeing you at the event on October 5th.