Job ads in hospitality, tourism sector grow drastically
The number of job vacancies advertised in the domestic hospitality and tourism sector more than tripled in April compared to March, with the trend continuing at a similar pace in May, according to data by Profession.hu.
The gradual recovery is expected to continue in the coming months, according to a statement by the Hungarian Hospitality Industry Association.
The number of job advertisements active in April was already similar to the period before the coronavirus outbreak, and by May it had risen even further.
Profession.hu has been helping the hardest-hit sector to recover with a symbolic HUF 1 online advertising option since the end of April. By the second half of May, the number of advertisements in the hospitality and tourism sector exceeded 1,000 on the job portal, a record number of advertised positions in this sector on the website.
In the counties around Lake Balaton, the increase in the number of advertised jobs is particularly significant: with the announcement of the relief measures, operators in the hospitality and tourism sector have started to prepare intensively for the summer season.
"Among the five counties with the largest increases in job advertisements in the sector were Veszprém, with a nine-fold increase, Zala, with a 12-fold increase, and Somogy, with a 20-fold increase in May compared to the average number of jobs advertised in the first quarter. Budapest had the highest number of advertised positions in the sector, with the number of positions in the sector almost eight times higher by May than the average number of advertisements published in the first quarter," said Imre Tüzes, business development director at Profession.hu.
Most job ads were for positions such as chef, waiter, barkeep, kitchen worker, restaurant caterer, and pastry chef.
The Hungarian Hospitality Industry Association expects a gradual recovery in the industry in the coming months and also highlighted the importance of efforts to retain staff.
"The recovery of the hospitality industry is expected to take place in several stages. After the revival of summer terraces and restaurants on Lake Balaton, we expect to see a resurgence of conferences and business events in the fall, and the re-opening of downtown restaurants as foreign tourists arrive. In connection with this opening, it will be vital to find skilled, guest-oriented, and well-attuned professionals in the catering sector. In order to retain workers in the longer term, employers should strive to create likable workplaces where they can offer modern, Western European working conditions, continuous professional training, and motivating career models for their colleagues," said Rudolf Semsei, vice president of the MVI.
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