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25th August 2016

Post-summer blues to kickstart hospitality sector job hunting

Written by: Admin
Despite July and August being quieter months for recruitment, companies across the hospitality sector should be ready for a job hunter surge in September, as over half (52.4%) of hospitality workers reveal that they are more likely to consider a new job as the summer comes to an end.

In fact, according to data from CV-Library, September 2015 saw a 13.1% increase in hospitality candidates registering their CVs, while job applications also soared by 9.1%.

The job site’s latest research, suggests that the jump is expected to happen again this year, as many workers across the sector look to explore new opportunities as a result of the typical post-summer-blues.

Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library, said: “We’re entering a traditionally busy time in recruitment, so it will be interesting to see how the hospitality industry’s job market favours, especially given recent concerns in the economy. Post-summer labour market activity always tends to improve, as more people return from their holidays.

“During this period last year, for example, we saw job creation across the sector rise by 12.3%, and we’re hopeful that we’ll witness a similar increase again this year.”

According to the research, 79.2% of hospitality workers find it difficult to get back into a routine after a summer holiday, with over three quarters admitting that it takes one to two days to adjust post-holiday.

Over half (52.1%) also think that workplace morale drops as the summer comes to an end.

Biggins added: “It’s clear that the post-summer blues can get hospitality workers down, with many struggling to readjust to the working day. Implementing a robust process which helps to ease people back into work post-holiday is extremely important.

“Our research tells us that employees across the sector feel much better if they have time to catch up on emails, an update meeting on return and reduced working hours to help ease back into their routine. Ensuring you accommodate at least some of these needs these needs can help workers across the sector feel more positive about their return to work after a summer break and may prevent employees looking for work elsewhere.”

The research found that workers in the sector find the following factors most difficult about returning to work after a summer break: getting back into a routine (37.5%), getting up early (25%), staying motivated (12.5%) and catching up on work (10.4%).