The challenges of chef recruitment

The  Staff Canteen

The Staff Canteen

Editor 13th August 2015
 The 21st Century Chef by Martin-Christian Kent, executive director, People 1st Chefs continue to be a critical recruitment challenge for many hospitality businesses. Currently, 42% of chef vacancies are considered hard-to-fill with research from People 1st indicating that by 2022 the industry will need to recruit an additional 11,000 chefs. M_Id_422354_Professional_chefJust as with the entire hospitality industry, the chef world has a recruitment and retention challenge. The growth in more informal, casual dining has seen the UK branded pub and restaurant market attracting an extra 47 million visits each year compared to five years ago . This, allied to a refocus on locality, seasonality and authenticity, has arguably fragmented the chef job description and increased the number of people who work under the job title of ‘chef’ but carry out wildly varying tasks, using different skills. This industry sea change, begs a number of questions for kitchens of the future: namely, how will we come to properly define the role of a 21st century chef? What skills will people looking to join the brigade of the future require? And how best to recruit, develop andmost importantly, retain, the best candidates? People 1st is about to embark upon a large-scale body of research with chefs, chef organisations, hospitality businesses, industry commentators, recruitment agencies and suppliers to get a better understanding of the types of skills the industry will need in the next five to ten years.Chef with vegetables In undertaking the research, we will seek to formulate a breakdown, by skillset, of chefs working in the hospitality industry and where they are typically found, while getting a greater sense of the proportion of different types of chefs working in the industry. Allied to this, People 1st will examine how businesses recruit for different chefs, how they train and develop existing staff and the extent to which they are finding it difficult to fill vacancies. Finally, we will look to examine the impact of immigration restrictions on bringing chefs into the UK from outside of the EU. If you work in hospitality and care about the future of this fantastic industry we want to hear from you. To have your say, email  Martin Christian - Kent

People-1st-Logo-ptp-RGB-hiResPeople 1st identifies industry needs across the hospitality, tourism, leisure, travel, passenger transport and retail industries and works in partnership with employers to develop class-leading solutions that increase performance through people. For more information visit: www.people1st.co.uk, call 020 3074 1222 or tweet @p1stgroup

In these challenging times…

…the hospitality landscape has dramatically changed in the last two months, and with that our advertising revenues have all but expired, significantly impacting our business. Despite having to furlough a large portion of our staff, we are still delivering the valuable content and honest information, which hundreds of thousands of you come to The Staff Canteen for. We believe we have a critical role to play in informing and supporting our audience. We need your support right now, more than ever, to keep The Staff Canteen active. Without your financial contributions this would not be possible.

Over the last 12 years, The Staff Canteen has built what has become the go-to platform for chefs and hospitality professionals. As members and visitors, your daily support has made The Staff Canteen what it is today. Our features and videos from the world’s biggest name chefs, are something we are proud of. We have over 500,000 followers across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and other social channels, each connecting with chefs across the world. Our editorial and social media team are creating and delivering engaging content every day, to support you and the whole sector.

Your financial support means we remain independent and open to all. We were launched by a chef and remain the voice of chefs and other hospitality professionals.

We need your support to keep delivering the products and content that you love, giving you the platform to share opinions and inspiration. Every contribution whether big or small, means so much.
Support The Staff Canteen from as little as £1 today. Thank you

The  Staff Canteen

The Staff Canteen

Editor 13th August 2015

The challenges of chef recruitment