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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.

What does a 2017 general election mean for hospitality?

18-Apr-2017 - The hospitality industry has welcomed the announcement of a general election on 8 June as a chance to challenge politicians on the issues facing restaurants, hotels and pubs.

Restaurants could keep EU staff under "barista visa" plans

18-Apr-2017 - A new "barista visa" could be introduced to ensure the UK’s restaurants, pubs and coffee shops do not struggle for staff after Brexit.

Raymond Blanc launches Ascot Racecourse chef scholarship programme

12-Apr-2017 - Two-Michelin starred chef Raymond Blanc has launched a chef scholarship programme in partnership with Ascot Racecourse, in the same year as Phil Howard joins the chef team.

Charles Smith named head chef at Lords of the Manor

11-Apr-2017 - Former Young National Chef of the Year (YNCOTY) winner Charles Smith has been appointed head chef at the Michelin-starred Lords of the Manor hotel and restaurant in the Cotswolds.

Claire Clark to open patisserie academy with professional courses

06-Apr-2017 - Pastry chef Claire Clark has confirmed she is to open a patisserie academy with Milton Keynes College.

Ben Tish to leave Salt Yard Group for solo venture

30-Mar-2017 - Chef Ben Tish is to leave the Salt Yard restaurant group to pursue a new solo venture.

Pret promises to pay interns after online backlash

27-Mar-2017 - Pret A Manger has promised to pay teenagers on work experience its starting hourly rate following online criticism.

National Waiters' Day returns to celebrate front-of-house staff

21-Mar-2017 - The industry’s hard-working front-of-house staff are to be celebrated on National Waiters’ Day on 16 May.

Husband and wife team appointed joint chef patrons at Marcus

13-Mar-2017 - Marcus Wareing Restaurants has appointed Mark and Shauna Froydenlund as joint chef patrons at Marcus, at The Berkeley Hotel in Knightsbridge.

Alain Roux says lack of female chefs in Roux Scholarship is “disappointing”

01-Mar-2017 - Chef Alain Roux, chef-patron at the three-Michelin-starred The Waterside Inn, has said the lack of female chefs applying to his family’s prestigious Roux Scholarship contest is “very disappointing”.

UK won't 'shut the door' on EU workers

22-Feb-2017 - Brexit secretary David Davis has offered further hope to the hospitality industry by claiming the UK is not about to ‘shut the door’ on EU workers.

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.