National Shortage of Workers

Cotswold Hospitality Reflects National Picture of Shortage of Workers

National statistics quote that one in six hospitality jobs remain unfilled since coming out of lockdown, a figure that is backed up by many Cotswold businesses narrowing down their opening hours or closing for longer periods while trying to source employees.

Here at the Relish Group, we operate and run 16 sites across Gloucestershire and Wiltshire, including The Gateway Café and Waterside Kitchen & Bar at The Cotswolds Water Park, The Old Prison in Northleach, Sally Pussey’s Inn at Royal Wootton Bassett and Jack’s Kitchen and Tearooms in Cirencester and are therefore a leading employer in the area within hospitality. 

While all sites have remained open, we believe more needs to be done to encourage people to enter the industry and so we hosting a recruitment evening this week at Jack’s Kitchen and Tearooms. The event was co-hosted by the Apprenticeship Management Group who look after the Governments KickStart initiative for Relish Group.  

Open to anyone and everyone, of all ages, we welcomed individuals who wanted to return to the industry, those looking for new opportunities having been made redundant, aswell as those looking for a change in career.  We currently have opportunities in many of our kitchens or in front of house roles, as well as within our offices based in Cirencester. We met many super candidates who popped in to have a chat with our managers and other members of staff to see what we could do for them and what they could offer us.

Statistics state 16% of hospitality jobs are vacant, many not sure how to get into it or what training is available. The Government initiative: Kickstart, can help the younger community get into work while apprenticeship remains open to all. There are many options available, and we were delighted to be able to be able to explain to many youngsters how it could work for them.