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Demand for hospitality staff shows sharp rise

09 December 2009 by
Demand for hospitality staff shows sharp rise

Demand for both permanent and temporary catering staff has risen sharply on a year ago, a new study into the labour market has found.

The Recruitment and Employment Confederation's (REC) final REC/KPMG report on jobs in 2009 showed that demand for permanent hotel and catering staff rose in November, scoring 52.5, where a reading of 50 indicates no change on the previous month. The score for the same month a year ago stood at just 29.2, indicating a sharp contraction in demand for permanent staff.

Meanwhile, demand for temporary and contract staff in the sector also increased in November 2009. The score for the sector stood at 53.3 for the period, compared to just 34.5 in November 2008.

Kevin Green, chief executive of the REC, said: "This is very positive news, November figures show the fastest rise in permanent jobs for 28 months. Employers in nearly all sectors are lifting recruitment freezes and starting to hire again.

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By Neil Gerrard

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