UKHospitality and Caterer.com launches redeployment hub

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UK: Trade body UKHospitality and jobs board Caterer.com, along with charity Hospitality Action, has launched The Hospitality Redeployment Hub allowing displaced hospitality workers to find short-term roles in other sectors.

An estimated 500,000 hospitality workers are expected to lose their job due to COVID-19.

As a result, The Hospitality Redeployment Hub features 26,000 jobs across a range of sectors including customer service (7,561 roles available), logistics (8,191 driver roles available), and cleaning (3,285 roles available). 

Whereas the pandemic has reduced the number of hospitality jobs currently available, it has also seen the creation of short-term roles. 

Research from jobs board Totaljobs reveals that logistics has seen as 64 per cent increase in vacancies, and health and pharmacy a 43 per cent increase.

Kate Nicholls, chief executive from UKHospitality, said: “The scale of the crisis we are collectively facing is unprecedented, so hospitality businesses have had to make the incredibly difficult decision to lay team members off. We want to give our fantastic workforce all the support we can to help them through this difficult period. Caterer.com and Hospitality Action have helped coordinate efforts at a very difficult time. This is another magnificent example of how the sector is supporting its own workers, who are naturally very worried. This initiative will help people find work in other sectors also feeling the strain until the hospitality sector is in a position to help pick up the pieces and bring our hard-working teams back together.”

Neil Pattison, director at Caterer.com, said: “The team at Caterer.com are acutely aware of the pressure everyone in the hospitality industry is facing, and we’re doing everything we can to help through this devastating time. Our connection with Totaljobs and our vast hospitality candidate database means we’re uniquely positioned to help in this way and we’re delighted that we can pull on these resources. All hospitality employees in the UK can directly tap into this free service to search and apply for thousands of roles in sectors such as retail, distribution and care. The hospitality sector is resilient, as are its people. When the industry thrives again, Caterer,com along with its partners will help welcome these candidates back to hospitality.”

Mark Lewis, CEO of Hospitality Action, added: “In recent weeks the hospitality industry has had to come to terms with an existential threat. We’re delighted to be standing shoulder to shoulder with Caterer.com and UKHospitality as they rally together to provide employment opportunities to many thousands of hospitality’s most vulnerable people. This innovative solution will enable some of the people currently being awarded crisis grants by Hospitality Action to pay bills and feed their families. Employers can look forward to welcoming an army of highly trained, motivated, passionate and professional hospitality people to their ranks.”

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