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Dubai – Hospitality sector jobs rebound

11 June 2014

The number of job vacancies in the Gulf's hospitality sector more than trebled from 18,000 in 2009 to 61,000 in 2013, according to a new Hospitality Employment report published today by recruitment website Catererglobal.com.

The report found that job vacancies increased by over +25% since 2012, but the impact of this has not all been positive, as HR managers are struggling to fill many of the positions with quality candidates that have the required skills.

Pete Willis, Director for the Middle East for Catererglobal.com, commented: "As with many other industries, the region's hospitality sector was negatively impacted by the global recession but it is clear from the findings of our Hospitality Employment Index that the industry has more than started to recover.” 

"However, what is also clear is that the battle for talent has intensified and, to sustain this growth, employers are having to work hard to attract new recruits, both locally and from outside of the region, that have the appropriate skills," he added.

Other findings from the report include the significant rise in applications for vacancies, across most parts of the sector, but particularly in management posts, which have now become exceptionally competitive. Also, whilst the number of management posts has remained relatively steady, the number of non-management posts dramatically increased by +32% during the second half of 2013, particularly in front office and housekeeping vacancies.

"Hospitality is a key driver for many countries in the Gulf with governments pushing money into the tourism industry to support economic diversification. This means it's imperative for the industry to work with accurate data to support the sector's growth. The feedback from the industry has been extremely positive, which has guided our decision to make this a biannual report - making it the go-to resource for anybody interested in recruitment and the hospitality sector," Mr Willis concluded.

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