It is no secret that COVID-19 has adversely impacted the leisure and hospitality sectors, probably above all others. While many businesses are beginning to return to some resemblance of normality, and non-food retailers are able to open up, the doors of pubs, hotels, gyms and fitness centres remain firmly closed.
The Government’s furlough scheme, offering financial support for workers, has been extended but is due to end in October, and by that time it is no means certain if leisure and hospitality businesses will be fully operational.
In short, there will be a large proportion of people employed in that sector who will be looking for work and new careers, and this is where the recruitment sector – including our team here at 24-7 Staffing in Wiltshire – can step in and assist.
The economic situation, however, does present jobseekers and employers with an opportunity.
For jobseekers, it is a chance to look at their skillset, change career tack and see what other sectors they would enjoy working in and have the aptitude for.
For employers, a very large pool of talented people will soon be available. Not just those in the leisure/hospitality sector but many others who have lost their jobs, plus new graduates for whom some usual avenues have unexpectedly closed.
Recruitment is all about people
At 24-7 Staffing, we are a people business – indeed our strapline is Perfectly Placed People – and we have a wealth of experience and advice both for jobseekers changing sector and for employers looking for new talent.
Our advice is to look at transferable skills. What skills do you have, as a jobseeker, that would work well in another sector? And if you are an employer, what skills or abilities are you looking for in an employee, to which you can add training specific to your industry.
For example, those in hospitality should have developed some great customer service skills. They could be ideal to train up for a commercial career – perhaps in a contact centre or welcome desk. They may also have some great communications skills, which is an essential asset for anyone in a healthcare role, such as our carers who we place in care and residential settings across Wiltshire and Bristol.
Throughout the pandemic the sectors we cater for have remained buoyant, due to the high proportion of key workers they employ. As well as commercial and healthcare, we place people in driving and industrial roles. Even once we are in ‘new’ normal these sectors will be busy and will be offering employment opportunities. If you are an employer in one of these sectors, jobseekers coming from leisure/hospitality may be exactly the people you are looking for.
If you are an employer looking to recruit a talented pool of temporary workers, then please get in touch with the team here at 24-7 Staffing – Wiltshire’s leading independent recruitment company, covering Chippenham, Bristol, Salisbury and the rest of the county. If you believe, after furlough, you may need to look for new work, again talk to our team. We are happy to help.