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U.K. Hospitality Vacancies Remain Stubbornly Above Pre&pandemic Levels, with Little Positive Movement in Five Months

May 14, 2024


There were 107,000 vacancies in hospitality in the quarter to April 2024, according to the Office for National Statistics. This is 15% higher than pre-pandemic levels of 93,000.

Wages paid in the sector increased by 9.5% in March 2024, driven in part by ongoing wage inflation, the sector’s focus on recruitment and retention, and some business implementing April wage increases early.

Kate Nicholls, Chief Executive of UKHospitality, said: “These figures demonstrate a labour market that is out of sync with the positive economic news seen elsewhere, particularly GDP increasing.

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