Demand for permanent hotel and catering staff remains low despite the number of jobs available in all major areas growing at the fastest pace in two and a half years, new research has revealed.
According to the Report on Jobs by The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) and KPMG, the number of permanent staff placements available grew rapidly in February, reaching its strongest level since July 2007 .
However, although demand for permanent staff almost doubled in the past year for the hospitality sector, it had the lowest rise compared to other sectors, including IT, engineering and nursing, according to figures obtained from recruitment consultants.
Demand for temporary hospitality staff was also low, although the sector was not the lowest of the eight major job areas surveyed. By contrast, recruitment consultants listed chefs as one of the professions in which there was a lack of 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."
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