Recruitment & training

With an estimated 236,000 extra jobs expected to be created in hospitality by 2015 there has never been a greater need to find the right people to fill them. Recruiting the right staff, developing their skills and retaining them is essential for a successful business, so it is important to know how to do it. Read about the latest trends in recruitment, top tips from experts and more here.

Auberge du Lac relaunches with new kitchen team

16-Feb-2017 - Hertfordshire’s Auberge du Lac has relaunched with a new team led by the chef who headed up the restaurant’s kitchen in the 1990s.

Nieves Barragán Mohacho to leave Barrafina

14-Feb-2017 - Nieves Barragán Mohacho, head chef of Barrafina since its launch nine years ago, is leaving the group at the end of the month to open her own restaurant.

Kim Woodward appointed executive chef of Skylon

10-Feb-2017 - Kim Woodward has been appointed executive chef of Skylon, D&D London’s modern European restaurant within Royal Festival Hotel.

Mandatory Scores on the Doors will affect 43,000 businesses

07-Feb-2017 - More than 43,000 restaurants and catering businesses across England could be affected when a law to make it compulsory for places that serve or sell food to display their food...

Organic award scheme launches for restaurants

06-Feb-2017 - The Soil Association has launched its Organic Served Here certification scheme across the UK to allow restaurants to promote their use of organic produce.

Brexit plan aims to secure rights of EU nationals in the UK

03-Feb-2017 - The government has sent a positive signal to the hospitality industry by setting out plans to allow EU nationals currently living in the UK to be able to legally remain...

Simon Addison joins Chewton Glen as head chef

03-Feb-2017 - Simon Addison has been named head chef at the Dining Room at the five-star Chewton Glen hotel in Hampshire.

Chefs' Secrets of Success: Ashley Palmer-Watts

25-Jan-2017 - In the latest in our Chefs' Secrets of Success series, we caught up with Ashley Palmer-Watts, executive group chef of Dinner by Heston Blumenthal. He talks advice to young chefs, learning the basics,...

Cinnamon Collection launches chef training scheme

19-Jan-2017 - Vivek Singh, executive chef at The Cinnamon Collection, has launched a chef de partie training programme across the group’s four London restaurants.

Government reveals 10 most bizarre excuses for not paying minimum wage

11-Jan-2017 - The 10 most bizarre excuses for not paying staff minimum wage have been revealed by the Government, as it launches a £1.7m campaign to ensure workers know how much they...

Half of diners unsure whether tips go to staff

05-Jan-2017 - Over half of British diners are unsure whether to leave a tip in restaurants in case it is not passed on to waiting staff, according a study by AA Hotel...

Harrods staff demand greater control over tips

04-Jan-2017 - Restaurant workers at Harrods are calling on the store to allow staff to vote on who distributes their tips in the latest row over the use of service charges.

Master Innholders seek new members

20-Dec-2016 - The UK’s top hoteliers are being invited to apply to join the Master Innholders in 2017.

Foreign nationals make up 43% of UK hospitality's workforce

15-Dec-2016 - Currently more than two-­fifths (43 per cent) of workers in the restaurant, QSR, hotel and pub sectors in the UK are foreign nationals, according to latest figures from Fourth Analytics.

Home Grown Hotels appoints people director to support growth plans

13-Dec-2016 - Home Grown Hotels and Lime Wood Group, the owner of The Pig Hotels and Lime Wood, have appointed a people director to 'nurture and develop new recruits and long-standing team...

Tom Byng to step down as Byron CEO

08-Dec-2016 - Tom Byng is to step down as chief executive of Byron, the better burger business he founded in 2007 and has grown to a £80m-­turnover, 69­-strong business.

Gold Service Scholarship announces 2017 finalists

02-Dec-2016 - The Gold Service Scholarship has announced the eight finalists who will be competing to win the 2017 award.

People On The Move In Hospitality: November 2016

23-Nov-2016 - From key board and chef appointments at D&D London, and new chefs and managers nationwide, to new roles at top hotel groups Brown's, Travelodge and Hilton, we look at the...

Le Gavroche to cut opening hours following investigation

18-Nov-2016 - Michel Roux Jr’s restaurant Le Gavroche is to further reduce its opening hours after several former employees claimed they were paid less than minimum wage.

The Clink Restaurants reduce prisoner re-offending by 41%

14-Nov-2016 - The Clink Charity – the hospitality and restaurant training scheme for prisoners operating across the UK – reduces re-offending rates among male ex-offenders by a “statistically significant” 41 per cent, a...

Leon introduces 'parent-shifts' to promote flexible working

11-Nov-2016 - Restaurant chain Leon has launched a flexible working scheme to allow staff to fit their hours around family life.

Government to probe rights of ‘gig economy’ staff

27-Oct-2016 - The rights of ‘on-demand’ workers such as Deliveroo drivers are to be reviewed as part of a new Government low pay inquiry.

Hourly hospitality pay outstripping minimum wage

21-Oct-2016 - Hourly pay for UK hospitality workers is already significantly outstripping new legal minimum wage thresholds, research by Fourth Analytics has revealed.

People on the Move in Hospitality: October 2016

20-Oct-2016 - October has seen a number of high profile appointments across the hospitality sector, including new food and beverage directors at Macdonald Hotels and Fairmont St Andrews and general managers at...

Front-of-house focus: The new order of service

10-Oct-2016 - Restaurant has put seven very different top-end restaurant service styles under the microscope to see what makes today’s dining rooms tick.