Is Britain’s F&B sector lagging behind?
Last month, a European jobs initiative witnessed more than 350,000 people register to help jobhunters find work in the European bloc.
Launched on July 1, a revamped Europass is playing a major role in helping individuals and businesses across the continent overcome the impact of coronavirus.
Figures from Europass show 13,600 profiles were created on the first day alone. English is the dominant language of users, and the countries with the top users were Italy (26 per cent), Spain (14 per cent) and Greece (10 per cent).
From where we are looking across the channel, Europe is doing something to get businesses back up and running and operational. Which begs the question, what is the UK doing?
Our first-hand experience dealing with recruitment in the food and beverage sector is Europe is stealing a march. They are hiring again. They are being proactive. They are accepting the ‘new normal’ and as a result are reaping the benefits.
We are seeing F&B businesses in the EMEA region, not just looking to tick over as they overcome the challenges imposed by Covid-19, but businesses that are seeking to expand operations. Consequently, they have started to recruit for senior positions to drive these projects.
Disappointingly, we cannot say the same about the UK. A combination of factors are harming the UK economy and its ability to recover from Covid-19.
Firstly, there remains an air of negativity across the UK, which is predominantly fuelled by the media. Around Covid-19 and the economy, there is very little positive news. This is leaving Britain’s businesses extremely cautious.
The economy has yet to move out its slumber as it adapts to the ‘new normal’ as a result of Covid-19. Almost 10 million people remain furloughed and millions more are working from home.
We know that this is set to continue for a significant time; we know Covid-19 will cause local lockdowns to spring up and we know there will be a prolong period of uncertainty. However, this impacts on consumer confidence and so business are reluctant to put any significant plans into action.
But, looking at how things are moving across the continent, it is possible to manage this positively.
It is only natural for F&B businesses to be cautious when witnessing the stream of restaurant businesses not reopening, the hospitality industry’s trials and tribulations and that the event industry remains in a virtual freeze.
This is incredibly harmful to the F&B sector in the UK, however, the time has come for F&B business leaders to look for ways they can be resourceful, invest and grow – even against the current background – or slip further behind their international competitors.
Executives have had the opportunity to survey the landscape. We can assure them, there is no shortage of candidates with the experience and skillset to assist them.
But these candidates also want to join organisations that are looking ahead, seeking to thrive and not just survive.
These candidates are heading for Europe, the Middle East and even the US. Therefore, it is crucial that Britain’s F&B sector act now or it will be too late.
If you would like to know more about filling your vacancies, please contact our CEO and founder Russ Metcalf by clicking here.