The latest Report on Jobs by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) and KPMG, shows the number of permanent staff placements on offer grew rapidly in February, reaching its strongest level since July 2007. It is the strongest recorded monthly growth since the survey began in October 1997.
But while demand for permanent hospitality staff has almost doubled in the past 12 months, the sector had the lowest rise compared to other industries, such as IT, engineering and health.
Demand for temporary hospitality staff was also low, although the sector was not the lowest of the eight major job areas surveyed, with finance and accounting roles and executive/professional roles bringing up the rear.
The report revealed that chefs were one of professions in which there was a lack of both permanent and temporary job seekers with the key skills needed.
Richard Hathaway, head of travel, leisure and tourism at KPMG, said: "The hotel and catering sector saw the weakest rise in demand for permanent staff in February, so while the overall UK jobs market is on the road to recovery, the bounce back from recession for jobs in the sector remains slower than other industries."
The Report on Jobs also found permanent staff salaries rose again in March. Temp pay increased at a pace that, although modest, was the sharpest since June 2008.
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