Last updated: 28.05.14

Pub and bar recruitment bouncing back

Recruitment levels in pubs and bars have finally moved beyond pre-recession levels, with growth of 21 per cent for jobs across the hospitality sector as a whole during the first quarter of the year. That is according to new figures from sector recruiter, which suggest that there has been a quarterly rise of 34 per cent in the number of pub and bar jobs advertised, with this figure now also 33 per cent up on last year. In fact, the number of jobs is now the highest it has been since 2008, before the impact of the recession was felt across the industry.According to the website's latest Hospitality Employment Index, year-on-year growth for jobs advertised across the whole hospitality sector is also up by 14 per cent.Ian Burke, website director of the company, said that the data culled by paints the industry in a positive light and provides plenty of reasons to be optimistic. However, he sound an accompanying note of caution, stating: "Despite the many encouraging indicators we need to remain focused on securing the long-term viability of our industry. The war for talent is intensifying and we will continue to compete with other sectors, such as manufacturing or retail for those with the best aptitude."For individuals hoping to improve their chances of employability within the hospitality sector, it is beneficial to have already completed training in fundamental areas such as food hygiene - something that will also improve your career prospects within the pub industry where an ever greater emphasis is being placed on food.Virtual College is a market leader in online food hygiene and safety training, producing courses and certificates tailored to a range of sectors, including catering, retail and even manufacturing. These courses are suitable either for individuals to pursue on their own or for organisations looking to put in place a training system for members of staff. Those who successfully complete a course will receive a high-quality food safety certificate as proof of the endeavour.