Hospitality businesses face a migration of talented staff, with 60% considering moving jobs in the year ahead, according to a new poll.
Investors in People's (IIP) annual Jobs Exodus also found that 65% of the 2,000 catering employees surveyed weren't happy in their current role, leading to the unprecedented high volume of people considering moving.
Most of those thinking of moving on (51%) said they would be more satisfied elsewhere, while 33% said they weren't valued in their current role.
With the economy improving, there was optimism among those quizzed that new roles would be available. Some 21% said they thought the job market had improved, up from 9% in 2014.
Paul Devoy, head of Investors in People, said that the report highlighted the increasingly fluid nature of the employment market.
"As the UK economy warms up, staff are thinking about where their career is headed and are aware of the opportunities out there," he added.
"The research should be a stark wake-up call to many businesses. These companies must work hard to retain the staff they have and also put the effort into attracting top quality talent from elsewhere."
He advised employers to consider what they offer in terms of progression and job satisfaction in order to keep their best employees.