November 01, 2017
Scottish hospitality sector to get serious about recruiting
With Brexit looming, and the possibility of the freedom of EU migrants being restricted in the future, the Scottish pub and restaurant trade could soon be facing an employment dilemma.
“It doesn’t matter where you go at the moment – Bathgate, Aberdeen, Inverness, Glasgow or Edinburgh – you’ll find publicans, pubcos and restaurant owners crying out for staff,” said Kim Tomlinson, head of operations for FindMyPubJobs.com.
“Pub managers, head chefs, waiting staff, kitchen managers and bar staff are all in demand. The trouble is that there just aren’t enough well-trained, talented and enthusiastic employment-seekers out there to fill the vacancies,” she added.
Ms Tomlinson said that although the Scottish pub industry had been savaged in recent years, with more than 1,000 having closed since 2006 in the wake of the smoking ban, stricter drink-drive laws, the beer duty escalator, cut-price chains and competition from supermarkets and a drink-at-home culture, the beer and pub industry still employed almost 60,000 people.
“Contributing over £1.7 billion to the national economy, the sector is hugely significant for Scotland. With the number of pubs totalling over 4,800 it is a major source of employment, especially amongst the under 25s,” said Ms Tomlinson.
“The pub and hospitality sector offers for many, a life-long career but for others, it is an ideal opportunity to secure part-time employment. For a publican, pubco or restaurant business, however, the recruitment process can be a time-consuming nightmare, especially now with the added worry of possibly losing staff who are contemplating leaving the UK because of Brexit and its ramifications.
“On the other hand, Brexit also presents a wonderful opportunity. If there was ever a time to be serious about encouraging young people to engage in hospitality, to upskill the existing workforce, and to make inroads into improving staff retention, then it must be now.”
Engaging with an outsourcing specialist, such as FindMyPubJobs.com offers an efficient and cost-effective solution to staffing problems.
“We know exactly how important it is to have the right people working in the pub and hospitality trade. By accessing our new online platform clients aren’t going to miss out on their perfect candidate, and potential candidates won’t miss out on their ideal job.
“Candidates are matched to our clients using relevant key data, freeing up our client’s time to recruit the perfect candidate and allowing more time to spend on running their businesses,” said Ms Tomlinson, whose key clients include G1, and Hawthorn Leisure.
As sector specialists focusing solely on the pub and hospitality sector, FindMyPubJobs.com prides itself on having created a platform that is easy and efficient for both clients and candidates to use ensuring that job vacancies are filled with the best people for the job.