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Hospitality in the UK

The hospitality industry is the third largest employer in the UK, accounting for more than 15% of the overall UK employment growth since 2009. As the fastest growing industry in the UK, Hospitality is exhibiting a compound annual growth rate of 5.9% which is almost double that of the UK economy as a whole.

The strength of the hospitality industry is not a regional phenomenon. Unlike many industries, hospitality is growing nationally with no sign of slowing down soon. In such a labour and customer service intensive industry, the major problem in keeping up with this growth is finding talented staff that will push the business to excel.

That is where we come in.

When you work with Select, you work with teams of recruiters that have previous first-hand experience of working in the hospitality industry. We have separate teams handling temporary and permanent recruitment in the Hospitality industry because we understand the different requirements for each. The fast-paced nature of temporary hospitality recruitment and the skills needed from permanent hires and we understand that what you need from your recruiter differs depending on the role. No matter what position we are recruiting for, we always offer quality, value and service.

​Careers in hospitality

The hospitality industry is all about making people happy; delicious food, wonderful venues, creative drinks, comfortable night’s sleep and events that get everyone talking. Working in the hospitality industry is a wonderful opportunity to make people smile, whether you are a barista making someone’s first coffee of the day, a chef making a celebratory meal for a couple’s anniversary or a porter who keeps everything functioning like clockwork.

If you think a career in hospitality is for you, then here are some of our most popular jobs in hospitality.


Chef roles come in all shapes and sizes, including Executive Chefs, Head Chefs, Sous Chefs, Chef de Parties, Commis Chefs, Pastry Chefs. Every chef job holds a very special and unique role in the professional kitchen.

To keep up with service and ensure all diners get their food on time, piping hot and in the right order every professional kitchen must run like clockwork. That is why there is a strict hierarchy in every kitchen, ran by the Executive or Head Chef. You can read more about hierarchies in the kitchen here.

Chefs do not necessarily need any formal degree training, however it is prudent if you want to make a head start in the industry to do an NVQ or BTEC. Some employers will help you achieve certification whilst on the job.


Also known as: Cleaner

Depending on the establishment you will be cleaning all sorts of spaces and surfaces from hospitals, to restaurants and hotels. Part time and full-time roles are available for cleaners, which means that cleaning jobs are great if you are looking for a bit more flexibility. In larger establishments you can usually find opportunities to progress into supervisory or management capacities.

No previous experience is usually necessary for a cleaning role.

Restaurant manager

Also known as: Bar Manager

As the job title suggests a restaurant manager will oversee the whole operation from ensuring food safety guidelines are kept to ordering stock and monitoring revenue.

Restaurant/Bar Managers usually have previous experience in other hospitality roles. They will be able to exhibit that they are commercially minded and highly organised individuals.


Also known as: Front Desk Executive, Information Desk Clerk, Concierge

Usually the first friendly face a visitor sees as they walk through the front door, Receptionists have to be socially comfortable face-to-face and, on the phone. The role of the Receptionist also encompasses certain administration tasks like creating bookings, record keeping, filing, registrations, sorting mail and handling money.

You do not need any formal qualifications to become a receptionist, but many employers will require you to have good English and Maths skills.


Also known as: Kitchen Porter, Hospital Porter

Kitchen Porters and Hospital Porters are two very different roles. As a Kitchen Porter your responsibility will be to ensure that the kitchen is spic and span, washing dishes and moving clean and dirty implements to their correct location.

On the other hand, a Hospital Porter moves people and clinical items around site and sometimes between sites. The ability to stay calm in any situation is a must and good communication skills to liaise with both staff and patients is necessary.

You do not require any formal qualifications to become a porter. No matter what industry you are working in, Portering is a physically demanding occupation, so you must be relatively fit.

Waiting staff

Also known as: Waitress/Waiter, Server, Stewardess/Steward

Jobs for waiting staff are always available, whether it is for a specific event, a temporary seasonal role or full-time opportunities. Working shifts over mealtimes means that often you either start early or finish late, but the opportunity to bolster your pay with tips is often worth it.

Silver service experience is sometimes a requirement. Silver service is a technique that uses forks and spoons to serve food from a larger dish to a seated guest from their left-hand side.

Whatever your skills, the hospitality industry has a lot to offer anyone. If any of these roles or the industry itself has caught your eye, please send us your CV.

Jobs in Hospitality

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Christmas Steward
Royston£10 - £10.50 per hour

Do you love Christmas as much as we do? We have an exciting opportunity to be part of a fantastic Steward team supporting a local company near Royston to deliver a first class magical Christmas exp...

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Head Chef
Saffron Walden£36000 - £40000 per annum, Benefits: Temporary Live in available

Are you a fresh food head chef looking to work in one of the counties best local restaurants    I am currently recruiting for a head chef for a stunning village location between Saffron Walden and ...

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Head Chef
£40000 - £50000 per annum, Benefits: Live in available

Are you a fresh food head chef looking to work on the beautiful Norfolk Coast   I am currently recruiting for a head chef for a stunning Norfolk coastal location.  The business is busy all year lon...

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Restaurant General Manager
Bury St Edmunds£36000 - £40000 per annum, Benefits: Uncapped Profit Related Pay Bonus

Select Hospitality are proud to be working with this stunning hotel restaurant in the centre of Bury St Edmunds who are looking for a General Manager to oversee the running of a stunning destinatio...

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