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Recruitment levels in Pubs and Bars move beyond pre-recession levels with 33% growth in jobs

Hospitality Jobs as a whole grew 21% in Q1 2014

19 May 2014: According to, the UK’s largest hospitality job board, recruitment levels in the Pubs and Bars sector have moved beyond pre-recession levels last seen in 2008. In the last 12 months 13,401 jobs were advertised on the site by employers – compared with 12,000 in 2008, representing a 34% increase in the last quarter and a 33% increase year on year.

The findings are revealed in’s latest Hospitality Employment Index report, which also indicated a strong resurgence in jobs advertised throughout the entire hospitality sector, with 21% growth in Q1 2014, representing 34,512 jobs advertised on the site. Year on year growth was also strong, with 14% uplift in jobs advertised, equivalent to over 126,872 individual job postings.

Commenting on the findings, Ian Burke, Website Director of said:

“The data from our website is clearly telling a positive story and the hospitality industry as a whole has reason to be optimistic. However, despite the many encouraging indicators we need to remain focused on securing the long term viability of our industry. The war for talent is intensifying and we will continue to compete with other sectors, such as manufacturing or retail for those with the best aptitude.


“That’s why we need to keep focused on attracting young talent to the industry to avoid future skills gaps– something we’re already doing through initiatives like the BHA’s Big Hospitality Conversation or Springboard’s youth programmes. We must continue to work together to safeguard hospitality’s future as a sector of growth, initiative and opportunity.”

The report revealed a number of key trends over the last 12 months to Q1 2014:

Growth in Management and Higher Salaries data disclosed that managerial staff represent the majority of jobs advertised in the last 12 months to 2014. The number of Assistant Manager roles available grew by 4.1% compared with last year, whilst General Manager roles increased by 3.3%, perhaps suggesting higher skilled managerial employees are moving jobs as a result of increased optimism and confidence in the market place.

In correlation, there have been more roles advertised with higher salaries than this time last year, whilst the number of lower salary roles advertised has fallen. For instance jobs advertised with salaries under £19,000 fell 18.7% year on year, whilst jobs advertised with salaries over £30,000 grew by 56.3% year on year.

Chefs in Pubs and Bars

The number of chef roles advertised within the Pubs and Bars sector has increased by 34% in the last year, suggesting a move by Pubs and Bars towards either introducing or improving their food offering in response to consumer demand for informal but high quality dining settings.

In comparison growth has been slower in the restaurant sector, with 24% growth year on year. Indeed, in 2009 for every chef advertised for a role in pubs and bars, there were six chefs advertised in restaurants. Now the ratio has fallen to 1:3.

Commenting on the state of the nation for the hospitality industry, Martin Couchman, Deputy CEO, British Hospitality Association, said:

“It is crucial that the UK hospitality and tourism industry receives recognition as the best in the world. To help us achieve this we must continue to focus on recruiting and growing the best talent, capitalising and continuing to build on the successes of the Big Hospitality Conversation. We also need to look long term, aiming to future proof our industry, continually innovating and evolving to attract and support the young people who form the backbone of our industry.”

The quarterly Hospitality Employment Index report from is available to download free of charge here.