Hospitality employers are starting to pay more for quality permanent staff again.
That's the verdict of Bournemouth hospitality recruitment specialist Towngate Personnel which was commenting on the news from the latest KPMG & REC Report on Jobs which found permanent placements and salaries were continuing to rise.
The monthly survey of professional recruiters shows there has been a "strong and accelerated rise in permanent staff placements" demonstrating renewed confidence in both employers and candidates.
"That definitely mirrors our experience this year," said James Tucker, from Bournemouth hospitality industry recruitment specialists Towngate Personnel.
"We have noticed that employers are beginning to pay that little bit extra for the best quality candidates, particularly in certain specific sectors of the market. For instance, there is an ongoing shortage of junior chefs and those that are posting their CVs on the various jobs boards are often getting offers from several different sources."
Tucker said the shortage was so marked that youngsters should seriously consider becoming a chef as a career option. "The kitchens side of the hospitality industry has never been considered the most richly rewarded career, but the prospects are very good. There is more media interest in food than ever and although nobody becomes a celebrity chef overnight, there are always more vacancies than candidates to fill them.
"Of course the work can be extremely hard, the hours are long and it's a very pressurised job, but as a career choice it's on the up."
However, in spite of the positive news in some areas, the overall UK jobs market still presents a very mixed picture according to the Report on Jobs with private sector employers feeling more confident, but the public sector still subject to recruitment freezes and cost-cutting.
By Neil Gerrard
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