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Working in hospitality could mean a variety of careers in restaurants, bars, hotels, entertainment venues or nightclubs. There are a huge number of vacancies available in all regions of the UK, right now. Employers are working closely with DWP to ensure Jobcentre Plus work coaches near you know about the companies who are hiring.

Types of Opportunities

If you are long-term unemployed, or your personal circumstances make it harder for you to find a job, hospitality employers will often consider putting you forward for placements, work experience or work trials. If you are ready to find out what adventures could await you in the hospitality sector, the opportunities are waiting for you right now! 

There are a range of skilled professions in hospitality, and several are included on the government’s Skilled Worker routeway list. These include: 

  • Chefs 
  • Catering and bar managers 
  • Leisure and sports managers 
  • Conference and exhibition managers and organisers
  • Publicans and managers of licensed premises
  • Restaurant and catering establishment managers and proprietors 

Benefits of working in hospitality

Did you know the average salary in the hospitality sector starts between £16,000 to £21,000? And these figures are rising. Plenty of promotion opportunities exist and many people start at the bottom and progress to management and leadership roles where salaries can be £28,000 per year.  In fact, the majority of senior managers in hospitality come from entry level roles. 

There’s also a solid training offer, and many employers link to apprenticeship and management training schemes to help you structure your progression.   

A job in hospitality can give you a great platform for a career in other sectors too, because you can learn strong budgeting skills, team building and customer service as well as building your confidence and communication skills, ready for any future role. 

It can be great social environment to work in. And there are jobs in hospitality that offer the flexibility to work early, finish late or work weekends, as well as more structured working patterns.  With hospitality venues in every town you often don’t need to commute very far, and some employers even offer accommodation. There really is a job for everyone!  

For more information, please visit the CareerScope website (external website) – a specific hub for people seeking hospitality roles.

There’s also some great information on working is hospitality at (external website).

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Desirable skills

You don’t need any previous experience, or formal qualifications, to work in the hospitality sector. The main things that employers look for in candidates are a positive attitude, a polite and friendly approach, and a passion for great customer service.

Learn more about skills for work options.


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