2014 Hospitality Hiring Trends
Follow four 2014 hospitality recruitment trends.
The start of the year is an exciting time for most—the opportune time to start fresh with a brand new outlook. When our thoughts turn to the hospitality industry’s prospects in 2014, they are decidedly rosy. Few enterprises can boast as healthy a history of job growth during the economic recovery. In fact, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, food services and drinking places alone have added 357,000 jobs in the last 12 months.
We expect to see the steady increase in jobs at hotels, resorts, casinos, restaurants, bars, nightclubs, and other hospitality providers continue in 2014. We also predict the following four trends will play a role in hiring.
1. Employers may consider the ACA when making staffing decisions.
Restaurant employers, in particular, have expressed concern about the impact of the Affordable Care Act on their businesses, taking issue with the law’s definition of full-time hours as well as its method for calculating the number of full-time employees on an establishment’s payroll for pay-or-play penalty purposes. Even though the government has delayed enforcement of the employer-sponsored healthcare portion of the law until 2015, some analysts expect they’ll begin making workforce changes in 2014. This may mean reducing employee hours or making do with fewer workers.
2. Some may turn to managed service providers for temporary workers.
Experts expect freelancers, contractors, and consultants to outnumber full-time workers in the U.S. within the next six years. Their popularity with businesses stem, at least in part from the payroll management flexibility they bring to employers. They don’t require expensive benefits such as employer-sponsored healthcare. They also don’t count as employees when calculating the number of full-timers under the Affordable Care Act. And, because employers can procure them from managed service providers on a project basis, they’re convenient as well.
3. Hospitality employers will need to replace retiring Baby Boomers.
Workplace demographics in all industries—including hospitality—are likely to shift in coming years as older employees leave the workplace. In fact, according to the ADP Retirement Research Institute, 18 percent of the U.S. workforce may retire in the next five years. For the hospitality industry, the prediction is lower at 9 percent of the workforce, but that’s still more than one million employees in eventual need of replacement based on October  numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
4. Brand and reputation will become increasingly important.
With so many jobs to fill, hospitality employers will need to offer more than a decent benefits package to attract the best workers. Many will consider a business’s brand and reputation when searching for jobs and evaluating offers. This factor may even carry more weight than pay according to a recent survey by one career website. Seventy-five percent of respondents indicated they would accept a lower salary in exchange for working for an employer with a good brand.
Whatever your needs may be in the new year—from temporary hotel desk clerks to permanent restaurant managers—we hope you’ll consider Hcareers as your one-stop hiring resource. We make finding the best candidates in the industry easy with affordable job posting packages, hiring campaigns, and the largest database of hospitality professionals on the Internet.