Applications for hospitality jobs soared by 119.9% month-on-month in March as professionals scrambled for work amidst the Covid-19 pandemic.
According to the latest report by CV-Library, applications also increased by 5.8% year-on-year.
However, employers remain cautious with job vacancies dropping by 20.8% month-on-month and salaries also falling by 7.6%.
Alongside this, the current situation has caused new candidate registrations on the CV-Library site to rise dramatically, with the amount hospitality professionals registering their CV increasing by 41.8% month-on-month and a further 33.6% year-on-year.
Lee Biggins, CEO and founder of CV-Library comments: “The national unemployment rate is set to soar in April and there’s no doubt that this will be a really tricky time for business owners across the UK. However, we will come out the other side of the pandemic and organisations need to be ready. Remember, we may be under these social distancing restrictions for some time, so be prepared to hire remotely and consider how that’s going to work. For example, you’ll probably need to adapt your recruitment process to rely on techniques such as video interviews.”
Biggins continues: “The sad reality is this is going to be a tough year for many businesses. And, while the government’s assistance should provide some respite, the future of our economy and the UK job market remains uncertain. For now, all we can do is sit tight, wait for the storm to pass and hope that normality will return soon.”