- People 1st estimate that the sector needs 993,000 more staff by 2022, 870,000 of those to replace existing staff. And demand for graduates is expected to grow, with 69,000 more managerial jobs over the next eight years.
- This industry is most in need of people with customer service skills – nearly two thirds of businesses who report skills gaps in their workforce, say that staff lack the required customer service skills
- Most businesses in this sector are small - over three quarters employ fewer than ten people. And its mostly a young person's industry - a fifth of its workforce is aged between 16 -19.
- There are no set career paths into the sector - but GCSEs or alternative qualifications in catering or food technology, leisure and tourism, business skills and modern languages are in demand.
- The sector has always relied on students to fill vacancies and across the UK this sector has the largest student workforce.
South of England
- The South of England has a very buoyant tourism industry with some major site of attraction including the world famous Stonehenge and festivals such as the Isle of Wight festival and Glastonbury.
- 227,000 people work in hospitality, leisure and tourism in the South West which is above the national average and the region can boast around 19,200 businesses in this sector. (Source: NOMIS2017)
- Most are small or very small businesses – over three quarters employ fewer than ten people. Tourism is a very important part of the economy of the South West.
- The South East, which includes Oxford, Thames valley and Solent employs 332,000 people, in line with the national average (Source: NOMIS 2017)
- Find out detailed information about employment in the West of England 2015 for FOOD TECH.