The UK’s catering sector has not only withstood the recent Brexit, but also the dreaded ‘summer slowdown’, with the latest data from the UK’s leading independent job site, CV-Library, revealing an increase in jobs, salaries and candidate applications in August 2016.
The job site compared data from August 2016 with August 2015 and found that catering jobs were up by a staggering 24.8% last month (outpacing the national average of 21.8%), which suggests that employers in the sector showed no sign of slowing down hiring activity throughout the summer months. The top five sectors that experienced job growth were:
- Automotive: 43.2% growth
- Manufacturing: 36.5% growth
- Marketing: 31.8% growth
- Construction: 30.3% growth
- Catering: 24.8% growth
According to the data, candidate applications rates in the catering sector also rose by 2.4% compared with the previous year, and though this may not be in-keeping with the national average of 5%, it does indicate that job hunters appetite is increasing.
Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library comments: “It’s extremely positive to see that the catering industry’s labour market did not fall victim to the typical ‘summer slowdown’ this year, especially given that there is still a great amount of uncertainty around the impact of the Brexit on UK jobs. Our data tells us that catering is one of the key sectors in the UK which is thriving and it’s clear that employers in the area have recognised the need to tap into candidates who might have used time-off during the summer months to think about, and look for, new opportunities.”
The data also revealed that salaries in the catering sector increased by 7.6% in August, outpacing the national average of 4.7% and making its way into the top ten sectors for salary growth in the UK.
Biggins continues: “In the face of the nation’s economic woes, the fact that salaries in the catering sector are up is simply testament to businesses’ determination to keep the economy moving post-Brexit, while also recognising the need to attract candidates with competitive salaries. Despite ongoing uncertainty, it’s clear that the UK’s catering sector is continuing to thrive, and businesses and candidates alike should be confident in the fact that salaries are increasing, the job market is growing, and application rates are remaining strong.”