An upturn in the number of new job roles created by catering equipment companies has lent weight to suggestions that industry confidence is strengthening.
Up to 70% of vacancies in the market are for new roles as companies move from consolidation to growth mode.
Cavendish Maine, the recruitment specialist that focuses on the catering equipment sector, said its services are increasingly being requested as companies turn to beefing up their workforce again.
Writing in the company’s latest newsletter, executive consultant Alex Waring said the past nine months have generated the most significant upturn in vacancies, activity, long-term recruitment agreements and new client relationships that it has seen for more than four years.
While the short-term uptick in business has been welcomed, Waring insists the company is more encouraged by the longer-term signs of recovery.
“The increased workload generated by the school meals initiative has been a significant factor in the sales figures soaring for many suppliers of catering equipment,” she wrote.
“However, that aside, the market is showing clear signs of recovery with new foodservice trends emerging and creating new opportunities for the equipment supply sector.
“As a result many of our clients — existing and new — are responding by increasing and strengthening their teams to respond to the growing market, and as a proactive measure to seize new opportunities.”
Waring revealed that around 70% of the vacancies that Cavendish Maine took last quarter were ‘new roles’.
She said these can be broken down into the following areas:
– Strengthening teams (predominantly key and national accounts) in response to increased business, or to manage a newly won account.
– Introducing a new position in to a management structure (generally into businesses that have grown in size following mergers and acquisitions).
– New project managers to respond to increased workload.
– Overseas positions to open up an office or expand sales in a new or emerging geographical market.
– New positions to increase sales for an emerging business in the UK.