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Number of employees in UK contract catering market

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The number of employees in the UK contract catering market (calculated as full-time equivalents) dropped by 6.4% to 109,512 in 2009, down from 114,565 the previous year.

The decline, clear evidence of the impact of the recession, was accelerated by the fall in the number of outlets to 16,583 (down from 16,983 in 2008), according to the latest survey into the market by the British Hospitality Association.

Nevertheless, many smaller and medium-szied companies actually reported an increase in employee numbers. This reflects the plunge in the number of part-time staff, which fell by 10.6% to 60,647 (2009: 67,810).  By contrast, the number of full-timers declined by just 1.8% to 79,189 (2009: 80,660).

The loss of so many lower-paid part-timers explains why labour costs only dropped marginally (to £1.79b  from £1.8b the year before). Labour costs as a percentage of turnover likewise fell marginally to 43%, from 43.8% in 2008.

The total number of staff (counting full- and part-time workers separately) dropped by 6% to 139,836, down from 148,470 in 2008. The industry additionally employed an estimated 100,000 casual staff during the year.

These facts and figures are reported in the Food and Service Management Survey 2010, published by the British Hospitality Association. The full report (which is free to BHA members) can be bought for £95 (for the printed version) or £50 (for a PDF file).  For enquiries or orders, phone 0207 404 7744 or contact Philippa Brady.


More facts and figures from the Food and Service Management Survey


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Structure of the UK contract catering market >>


Number of staff employed in the UK food and service management market

    Full-
time
Part-
time 
Casual*Total
number
of staff
Number
of F/T
equivalent
staff **
Number of F/T-
equivalent
staff per
outlet
200979,189 60,647 

100,000

139,836109,5126.7
200880,660 67,810

100,000

148,470114,565 6.7 
2007 81,310 67,891100,000149,201  115,255 6.5 
2006 82,186 64,121 100,000146,307114,246 6.6 
2005^83,304 67,183 100,000150,487 116,8956.9 
2004 90,251 66,021 100,000256,272 123,261 6.7 
2003 91,444 68,967100,000 260,411 125,9276.7 
2002 93,250 68,391100,000261,641 127,445 6.6 
2001 90,645 66,547 100,000 257,192123,918  
2000 95,89356,513100,000 252,406 124,149  
1999 95,000 54,936 100,000249,936122,468 
1993 92,455 25,293 100,000 217,748 108,874 8.1 



*   Estimated
** Full-time equivalents are calculated by counting two part-time employees as the equivalent of two full-time employees
^   The figures have been adjusted to take account of Compass’s sale of Select Service Partners in 2006.

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