Catering equipment firms are turning their attention to hiring again as confidence returns to the industry and companies go in search of new business.
That’s the view of specialist recruitment agency Cavendish Maine, which revealed to Catering Insight that the majority of placements made during the last two quarters have been for completely new roles.
Companies recruiting for new positions is always a sign of an improving picture and Alexandra Waring, executive consultant at Cavendish Maine, says the level of interest it received from clients at Hotelympia recently added further weight to talk of a recovery.
During the two days it attended the show, it registered around 12 vacancies with many more clients requesting a call in the next three to six months due to planned ongoing expansion.
“To put this in to perspective, in 2010 we registered around 20 vacancies at the show, of which around 15 were qualified and subsequently filled. In 2012 the number of vacancies was one,” said Waring.
She said there was still some way to go before the industry could match the 2006 event, where interview sessions ran throughout the four-day event, offers were made and accepted at the show and large numbers of new vacancies were registered.
But overall, there is reason to be upbeat, she said: “We have enjoyed one of the strongest first quarters we have seen in a number of years and are encouraged by the general trend of positivity and confidence now spreading in to the foodservice industry both in the UK and overseas.”
The June issue of Catering Insight features a special piece with Alexandra Waring looking at specific catering equipment recruitment trends.