South heads shortfall for hospitality posts

hospitality industry is failing to fill its job vacancies, according to a
report by the Hospitality Training Foundation.

Labour Market Review 2002, which draws information from the Labour Force
Survey, Annual Business Inquiry and New Earnings Survey, says that 56.4 per
cent of vacancies for hospitality jobs currently remain unfilled. Of these,
more than four-fifths are for operational jobs such as waiting staff, bar
staff, chefs, kitchen porters and cleaners. A very small minority relate to
managerial posts.

level of shortfall includes 15,127 unfilled vacancies for chefs/cooks, 9,250
positions for counter-hands/catering assistants and 8,380 for kitchen porters.

the South West has the highest percent of hospitality-related unfilled
vacancies. This is followed by the South East, Scotland and North West.

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