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Self-catering accommodation, holiday centres and youth hostels

The self-catering accommodation, holiday centres and youth hostels industry can be divided into:

  • Holiday centres – these are generally large, purpose built sites consisting of accommodation units (lodges, chalets and apartments) and a wide range of facilities and activities. Most have on-site restaurants, bars, sports facilities and evening entertainment. Examples include Centre Parcs and Butlins.
  • Self-catering accommodation – this is large and diverse covering the renting of self-catering accommodation, such as cottages, apartments, villas or houses
  • Youth hostel accommodation – this offers unique, low cost accommodation with nearly all facilities shared with other guests

In May 2008, 225 vacancies for hotel and accommodation managers were being advertised at JobCentres across Great Britain. In May 2009, this number decreased to 196 which is likely to be a result of the current recession.

Key facts:

  • There are 60,000 people working in the industry.
  • There are around 3,500 employers, including self-catering accommodation, holiday parks and youth hostels.
  • 71% of the workforce is female.
  • 97% of the workforce is white and 3% from Black Ethnic Minority groups.
  • 4% of the workforce is aged 16-19 years, 16% 20-29 years, 15% 30-39 years, 23% 40-49 years and 43% is 50 years and older.
  • The majority of the workforce has a NVQ Level 4 qualification (24%).
  • 11% of the workforce has no qualifications.
  • 54% of the workforce is employed full-time.
  • The industry has a large number of migrant workers.
  • 44% of all those working in the ‘holiday centre and self catering accommodation’ industry are managers. Over a fifth work in elementary occupations while 9% based in skilled trades occupations.

Source: People 1st LMI Report (March 2010) and Holiday centres and self-catering accommodation industry profile 2009