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East of England

Sector establishments

  • There are approximately 15,900 hospitality, leisure, travel and tourism establishments (or outlets) in the East of England.
  • 72% of these establishments are ‘restaurants’ or ‘pubs, bars and nightclubs’.
  • Essex has the largest number of hospitality, leisure, travel and tourism establishments in the East of England.
  • Almost 4 fifths of hospitality, leisure, travel and tourism establishments employ between 1 and 10 people.

Employment

  • Approximately 163,100 people work in the sector in the East of England.
  • Almost a third of all those working in the sector in the East of England work in restaurants.
  • 61% of people working in the sector are female.
  • 57% of the sector workforce is employed full-time.
  • 32% of the sector workforce is aged between 16-24 years.

Occupations

  • The majority of the sector workforce either work in managerial or entry level roles.
  • Approximately 22% of the workforce is managers and over a third work as kitchen assistants, waiting staff and bar staff.

Recruitment

  • 2,183 of vacancies were advertised for core sector jobs in Jobcentres in the East of England in May 2009. The largest number of vacancies were for ‘kitchen and catering assistants’, ‘chefs’, cooks’, ‘bar staff’ and ‘waiting staff’.
  • 7% of sector establishments report hard-to-fill vacancies, compared with 8% across the whole economy.

Workforce skills

  • 29% of the sector’s workforce is qualified to Level 2 and a quarter is qualified to Level 1.
  • 10% of the sector workforce in the region does not have any qualifications. A further 23% are qualified to Level 3.
  • 13% of people working in the sector hold Level 4 or higher qualifications.
  • 20% of employers in the East of England reported skills gaps.
  • Employers report that 8% of staff are not fully proficient in their jobs.

Source: East of England Regional Profile and Skills Needs Assessment 2009