Competition for hospitality jobs in London is "startlingly" high with an average of 38 applications per job, according to a new study.
While overall there are an average of 26 applicants per vacancy in the capital, jobs in bars and hotels have remained way above the average, said recruitment website totaljobs.com.
UK-wide there is an average of 18 applicants per post, with the number of jobs available having dropped by 0.4% compared with a year ago.
John Salt of totaljobs.com, said: "The fall in jobs in London is a cause for serious concern - and a possible indication of future jobs woes across the UK.
"It is difficult to see where, in the medium term at least, we are going to get the substantial growth needed to provide the fillip the market needs. Profitable companies are wary of investing, while the Government is stalling any injection of capital expenditure necessary to boost job numbers."