Hospitality industry vacancies rose 19% last year

Amidst post-Brexit uncertainty, vacancies in the UK hospitality industry are rising but so is the average salary

Despite advertised salaries rising by 7.1% in 2018, vacancies in the hospitality industry rose by nearly 20%. Hospitality saw the third biggest growth in terms of potential earnings last year, behind the legal and marketing sectors.

The average salary for a bar manager in the UK is around £20,000 per year according to research site Payscale, whilst the average salary for a general manager is around £28,000. The government has proposed that post-Brexit, only immigrants – earning more than £30,000 per year in a UK-based job– EU-based or otherwise – would be allowed to enter the country, which hospitality professionals warn could be “devastating” for the sector.

According to a YouGov survey published in 2017, 330,000 staff members in hospitality are considering leaving the UK due to Brexit. Despite the potential gloom within the sector however, hospitality stills ranks as one of the best industries to be a part of, with almost half of hospitality staff claiming low levels of stress at work.

Brigid Simmonds, the CEO of the British Beer and Pub Association, told The Drinks Business that, “With almost full employment in the UK, it is inevitable that pub and hospitality companies need to offer an attractive package to attract good team members.” The average hospitality salary currently sits at just over £28,000 in the UK.

Hospitality isn’t the only sector to be reporting vacancies: vacancies in agriculture rose by 38% last year compared to 2017.