This professional sector includes the following types of activities:
- Service providers and food products;
- Gambling, games rooms and casino;
- Tourist villages and amusement parks;
- Hospitality services;
- Hotels, B & B;
- Pubs, bars and discos;
- Tourist accommodation;
- Tourist services;
The roles available within the industry are very varied and include executives, technical staff, front-of-house staff (room staff), back-of-house staff (staff not in direct contact with the client), and Finally the non-core staff.
The catering industry includes many types of business, offering food and beverages of every price range:
- Fast Food: The various McDonalds, Burger King and KFC, as well as small junk food or comfort food restaurants such As English Fish and Chips, sushi bar chains and various sandwich shops;
- cafes and coffee shops: They are perhaps among the most present facilities on the territory and offer hot and cold drinks, breakfasts, aperitifs and in general not elaborate dishes;
- Mainstream restaurants: They are mid-level restaurants, with a quality of food served higher than that of fast food and inferior to that of upscale restaurants. They also include several chains such as Pizza Express, Pizza Express, Garfunkel and Fare;
- "Fine Dining": They are the so-called upscale restaurants, they are on average more expensive than the mainstream restaurants and can offer all sorts of menus, including unique dishes, international or experimental cuisine.
Key data on the workforce of the sector
The catering sector employs a large number of people (we talk about 615,000 employees only in restaurants), divided in this way:
- 14% of the workforce has an NVQ 4 level or higher qualification;
- 28% of the workforce has a level 2 NVQ qualification;
- 13% of the workforce has no qualifications.
NVQ stands for National Vocational qualification and identifies a number of professional qualifications that are obtained both at the workplace, through direct experience, and by attending courses at universities and training institutions Affiliated. These qualifications can be of various kinds and certify the professional skills acquired by the worker.
53% of these workers are employed full-time. The positions within a restaurant are:
- Kitchen Assistant,
- Bar manager,
- General Manager,
- Conference Room clerk and banquet manager,
- Food and beverage Manager,
- Kitchen Porter,
- Restaurant manager,
Data concerning the various areas of the United Kingdom
The distribution on the English territory of the work in the catering sector offers very interesting data, which can be useful to the worker to choose its own professional destination. Below is a series of updated data on the industry in the various English regions as well as in the rest of the United Kingdom, so as to provide a complete picture of the current situation.
In the East Midlands area, for example, there are about 45,200 people working in the catering industry. Of these, 45% work full time, while 53% of the workforce employed in catering is female.
70% of employees are Western, 28% of the workforce are aged between 16 and 19 years, 31% of the workforce have a level 2 NVQ qualification.
East of England
In this area of England there are about 47,300 people working in the catering industry, of which: 50% work full time, 53% of the workforce is female, 81% of employees are Western. The majority of the workforce is aged 16-24 years (to the Accuracy 44%).
31% of the employees, finally, have a level 2 NVQ qualification.
In the capital of the country there are about 92,900 people employed in the catering sector and are divided in this way: 64% work full-time, 69% of the total number of workers is female, 39% of the workforce is Western, 20% of employees have Aged between 20 and 24 years. 30% of the workforce finally has a NVQ 1 level and entry level qualification.
There are about 25,300 people working in the catering industry In this English region, of which: 46% work full time, 55% is feminine, while 80% of the workforce is Western.
48% of employees are aged 16-24 years, while 26% of the workforce has a Level 2 NVQ qualification.
There are about 65,500 people who work in the catering industry In this area of England, and among them: 53% work full time, 46% of the workforce is feminine, while 79% of the total is western.
An important percentage of the workforce, amounting to 47%, is aged between 16 and 24 years. Finally, 28% of workers employed have a level 2 NVQ qualification.
This region is one of the most profitable from the point of view of the work and is second, in fact, only to the capital London. The workers in the catering that are in this area are 76,500. The percentage of those working full-time is 61%, while 45% of the workforce is female; 73% of workers come from one of the Western ethnic groups, while 21% of employees are aged between 16 and 19. Finally, 26% of the workforce has a Level 2 NVQ qualification.
There are about 53,000 people working in the catering industry in this area of the country, of which: 47% works full time, while 56% of the total is female. 93% of employees are Western, while the percentage of very young catering workers (16-19 years) is 36% of the total. Finally, 35% of the workforce has a Level 2 NVQ qualification.
There are about 48,300 people working in the catering industry in this area of England. Among these: 49% work full time; 42% of this workforce is feminine; 64% are ethnic Westerner; 22% are aged between 20 and 24 years; 31% are in possession of a level 2 NVQ qualification.
Yorkshire and Humber
In this area of the country there are about 51,000 people who work in the catering sector. The interesting percentages that allow to analyze the general picture of the situation are the following:
43% work full time; 52% of the workforce is female; 79% of the total number of workers is Western; 26% have between 16 and 19 years. Finally, 31% of the workforce has a Level 2 NVQ qualification.
There are about 43,900 people who work in the hospitality industry and are employed in tourism, entertainment, hospitality and the provision of food and lodging to those who go to the country for business or pleasure. Employees in the catering sector are 20,800, divided into over 2000 facilities. The workers in the restaurants are so divided:
55% work full time; 57% is female; 88% are ethnic Westerner; 34% of the workforce is aged between 20 and 29 years. Finally, 26% of the workforce has a Level 2 NVQ qualification.
There are about 183,500 people working in the hospitality sector in Scotland, of which 59,600 work expressly in the catering sector, which can count on the presence of about 6,200 activities in the area. These are the details that cover this range of professionals: The 51% work full time; 54% is female; 88% of the workforce is Western, while 24% of the total is aged between 24 and 29 years. Finally, 27% of workers have an NVQ 3 qualification level.
In Wales there are about 86,100 people who work in the hospitality industry.
Of these, about 28,800 are used in the catering sector, within one of the more than 3,300 existing structures. These are the details on the workers in Wales:
49% work full time; 60% of the workforce is feminine; 88% of the total number of workers is Western; 22% of the total has an age ranging from 16 to 19 years, while 29% of the workforce has a Level 2 NVQ qualification.
Andrea Pais – Recruitment Consultant
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