WITH the nation on standby to open up after lockdown, the hospitality and tourism industries are having a jobs boom.
Both were badly hit by Covid, but hotel and holiday park vacancies are up 35 per cent on last month alone, while catering and hospitality has seen a 157 per cent spike.
According to jobs board Adzuna, there are 9,125 hotel roles available nationwide, almost 1,000 in holiday parks and more than 18,000 in catering and hospitality.
Tourism contributes around £106billion to our economy and supports 2.6million jobs.
While many roles are entry level, both catering and tourism offer fast progression into management.
Nicola Oyston, 37, is head of holiday sales at Green Hill Farm Holiday Village, near Landford, Wiltshire.
She has spent her whole career in tourism, including ten years at Butlin’s.
Nicola said: “I started in a sweet shop pulling ice blasts and serving Mr Whippy ice creams.
“I’m now in charge of a team of ten people at one of the most popular holiday parks in the UK.
“Working in travel and tourism is a fantastic career. You see people at their happiest. It is an amazing and fun job where you meet loads of people from all walks of life while living in one of the most beautiful locations in the UK.
“You also work in a team who all want the same thing, which is to give your customers the very best experience and memories that last a lifetime.
“If you are considering applying for a job in the industry, you don’t need set qualifications. But you do have to think on your feet and be prepared to go the extra mile for your customers. The only thing that is challenging is dealing with the British weather.”
There are thousands of flexible positions — evening, weekend and also part-time shifts — to fit around other commitments.
Pay ranges from minimum wage to more than £60,000 for the manager of a top hotel. VisitBritain director Patricia Yates said: “The UK’s tourism industry offers a hugely diverse and exciting range of career opportunities and in some pretty fantastic destinations and locations too.”
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- LEGOLAND Windsor Resort has 130 jobs, legoland.co.uk/our-company/jobs.
- THE BUSHCRAFT COMPANY, an outdoor adventure firm, has 300 jobs, thebushcraftcompany.com/join-us.
- AWAY RESORTS has 100 vacancies, awayresortscareers.co.uk.
- PARKDEAN RESORTS needs 89 people, parkdeanresorts.co.uk/corporate/careers/jobs/search.
THE RNLI wants applications for on-the-spot fundraisers in the UK’s top seaside resorts.
There are more than 200 paid full and part-time positions with the lifeboat charity.
Caroline Mason, senior face-to-face fundraising manager, said: “The roles are the perfect fit for someone who is friendly, relaxed, energetic and able to talk to anyone. Successful applicants will receive quality training which ensures they feel confident and capable in the role.”
Former fundraiser Faye Kent added: “I would encourage anyone, no matter what career you are considering, to apply because people skills are invaluable, no matter where your life takes you.”
For details and to apply, see rnli.org/fundraiserjobs.
PROPERTY portal RIGHTMOVE is growing its tech team by 40 per cent. Search for your job at rightmove.co.uk/careers/vacancies.
HIT the career bullseye with a job teaching archery.
It has been voted the sport most people want to try – and a surge in post-lockdown bookings means hundreds of new instructors are now needed across the UK.
Archery GB, the sport’s national governing body, is offering a two-day Instructor Award, with those who complete it successfully gaining a three-year licence.
Neil Armitage, chief executive of Archery GB, said: “It is far more physical than a desk job, and offers a mentally stimulating and rewarding career path.
“We encourage people from all walks of life to find out more about becoming an archery instructor.”
See archerygb.org for more.
BT is hiring 199 graduates for roles across the business. Look for your new job at bt.com/careers/early-careers.
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THINKING of switching career to travel and tourism?
Jeremy Rawlinson, UK general manager of accommodation platform Sonder, says: “Whether you’ve got 30 years’ experience or are straight out of school, there is a role for everyone in tourism.
“You just need a curious mind and a love of travel.”
Jeremy explains why you should make the switch.
- You’ll find the right job. From cleaners and entertainers to data scientists, the industry has one of the widest range of roles available in any sector.
- You get to meet like-minded people. A career in hospitality opens doors and minds. As well as meeting people from all over the world, you’ll get to know communities and learn about new cultures.
- Exciting future prospects. With lockdown rules easing, there is a real chance to help the industry recover and create a stronger sector than ever before.
- Travel is transforming through technology. From contactless check-in to app-based accommodation services, tech is driving innovation. The UK’s position as a top country in tech will help to make sure there are lots of new and exciting jobs.
- It’s about to take-off. Lots of us are desperate to go on holiday. Hundreds of vacancies are being added every day – so get applying.
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