Opportunities Galore in Scotland’s Hospitality Industry

There has never been a better time to find a job in hospitality and with businesses competing in a limited pool of applicants, wages, which were traditionally at the lower end of the market are on a definite upward trend.

It’s been a tumultuous two years in Scotland’s hospitality sector. Brexit induced staff shortages have been massively compounded by the pandemic and subsequent lockdown restrictions.

There were dire warnings of the collapse of a sector that directly employs around 8.4% of Scotland’s workforce and  with another 4.5% employed indirectly, this means around 350,000 people rely on the sector to make a living.

While the impact of Brexit is still playing out, the announcement by the Scottish Government of an end to vaccine passports and an end to all Covid-19 restrictions later this month means that better times lie ahead for the sector.

Diners enjoy eating and drinking outdoors on Victoria Street, Edinburgh

The only fly in the ointment is staff shortages.

According to UK Hospitality Scotland there were between 30,000-48,000 vacancies in the sector at the end of last year, meaning up to 16% of jobs in the industry are currently vacant. Eight out of ten businesses report vacancies in traditional front of house roles such as reception and waiting staff while almost 70% have vacancies for chefs with a third reporting staff shortages for kitchen porters, housekeepers and even management roles.

All of which means that there has never been a better time to find a job in hospitality and with businesses competing in a limited pool of applicants, wages, which were traditionally at the lower end of the market are on a definite upward trend.

Laura Saunders, co-founder of HIJOBS, says pay rates have changed significantly in recent times “There used to be an assumption that jobs such as kitchen assistants or front of house would pay minimum wage, or certainly not much more than minimum wage, however we are currently carrying vacancies for Clan MacDuff Hotel in Lochaber that are offering rates starting at £11.50 an hour, The Invergarry Hotel is offering housekeeping roles at £12 per hour and we are seeing similar rates being paid by businesses throughout the Highlands and Islands”.

Laura adds:

“Some of the rates of pay we are seeing would have been unheard of in the past and we are also seeing major investment in recruitment campaigns for the National Trust for Scotland as well as Hostelling Scotland, offering numerous and varied roles at extremely competitive salaries”

Table for two at the coast of Kentallen

HIJOBS other co-founder Christopher Snelgrove also makes the point that it’s not just salary that makes working in hospitality attractive:

“Many jobs in the sector offer the flexibility of part-time work that allows people to fit their job around child care, many are in some of Scotland’s most beautiful and iconic places and there are opportunities in some cases to live-in, which massively reduces living costs. And let’s not forget tips – contrary to ill informed stereotypes, we Scots are the most generous tippers in the UK”

With hotels, bars, restaurants and tourist attractions sure to be heaving this summer, now that we are emerging from the dark days of the pandemic, there are opportunities all over Scotland to find the perfect job. And remember it’s not just the jobs mentioned above that have vacancies, there are staff shortages in finance, sales and marketing, maintenance, health and safety and HR to name just some of the vacant roles in the hospitality sector.

There is little doubt that if you choose to work in hospitality anywhere in Scotland you’ve already chosen the perfect location – why not let HIJOBS find you the perfect job to go with that perfect location.

Find all the latest hospitality vacancies on HIJOBS.

The Snowgoose restaurant and bar at Nevis Range atop Britain’s only Gondola ski lift ride, 650m above sea level


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