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April 30, 2012 04:47 ET

reed.co.uk Report More Job Opportunities in the Catering Sector

The number of jobs in the Hospitality and Catering sector are significantly rising, according to the latest Reed Job Index.

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - April 30, 2012) - Current research by reed.co.uk, Britain's leading job site, can confirm that there are now more jobs available in Hospitality and Catering industry. Their most recent Job Index indicates that the sector has experienced a sharp rise from 122 points in February to 157 points in March.

These findings are supported by the latest study from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC), which has indicated that the catering industry has played an important part in driving the growing number of permanent jobs in the UK since the turn of the year.

According to the REC, the particularly high demand for young employees with skills and experience in the hospitality and catering industries is partially due to the recent tax adjustments to the Youth Contract in the budget, along with further reductions in bureaucracy for businesses.

City based catering chains are also providing hundreds of opportunities for eager jobseekers. Within the last month, popular sandwich chain Pret A Manger has employed 550 new employees and opened 24 new stores in Britain. The company will also launch a further 20 branches abroad in France and America.

Clive Schlee, Chief Executive of Pret A Manger, which was established in 1986, recently told The Sun "We're investing heavily in future growth. We've held prices low while continuing to build the business." Pret has seen their sales revenue grow by 15% since last year to £377.3 million. Their profit, which has been boosted by the opening of their 24 new stores, has increased by 14% to 352.4 million.

The firm now employs approximately 5,000 people across 294 stores, with half of their new stores being located in London. Schlee also added that Pret A Manger wish to expand their employee scheme for the homeless, with an additional 70 apprenticeships being made available in 2012.

Reed.co.uk is aware that the catering and hospitality industries are essential to solve the issue of youth unemployment. Recent research by TUC has shown that hotel, restaurant, manufacturing, construction, retail jobs provide work for 55% of people who are younger than 25. As a result, the gradual recovery of the catering and hospitality sector can only help young jobseekers find new employment opportunities.

To view a full range of jobs around the UK, including in the media, accountancy, and IT jobs, visit http://www.reed.co.uk.

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