InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has unveiled plans to create 4,000 jobs in the UK over the next three-to-five years in a self-styled "war for talent".
The recruitment drive by the company behind the Holiday Inn and Crowne Plaza hotels will help to fill vacancies at the 44 properties the company has in development across the UK, writes Personnel Today's sister publication Caterer.
IHG is searching for 44 general managers, 350 heads of department, more than 500 supervisors and a workforce of 3,000, which will include kitchen porters, housekeepers, waiters and receptionists.
Tracy Robbins, executive vice-president of global HR at IHG, said: "We are facing a war for talent to find skilled, experienced hotel staff. We need to attract and inspire the very best people at all levels to support our company growth plans."
IHG also revealed details of an apprenticeship programme for existing staff to fast-track them into supervisory and management roles.
Talented people will be offered a National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) in hotel management with a guaranteed management job on successful completion of their studies.