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How Hospitality and Retail Look Different in 2022

One thing’s for sure… For those working or looking for work in the service sector, 2022 feels a lot brighter than last year. Jobs are booming and venues are bustling. Here’s a few of the changes we’ve seen so far and what we can predict for the year. Enjoy!

Let’s face it, Hospitality and Retail has gone through a lot. The past few years have been tough for us all, but no industries have been shaken up with the same impact as the service industries. With lockdowns and restrictions, it’s been a real rollercoaster for those working within the sector.

The great news is that we’ve now well and truly entered a new year, and one that feels positively different to the previous ones. Restrictions have mostly been lifted and our nation’s loved restaurants and shops are bouncing back with full force, meaning if you’re looking for work in Hospitality and Retail, there’s no greater time to get stuck in.

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Here’s a fun mix of what we’ve already seen and what we can predict for 2022:

Jobs are on fire

If you’ve been looking for a job within these sectors, you’ll be glad to know that the market is looking great at the moment. While recruitment for service sector roles took a big hit during the midst of lockdowns, it is seeing a truly positive growth lately, and we expect this to increase further as we enter a restriction-free Summer.

According to the Morning Advertiser, job vacancies in the Hospitality sector are estimated to have risen by over 700% from November 2021 to January 2022, making it easier than ever for job seekers to land a job in the industry.

In fact, live jobs on Placed App are higher than ever right now, with a whole heap of vibrant Hospitality and Retail jobs being added regularly. Your time to make use of the surge!

Increased Salaries and Benefits

If you haven’t already, you can expect to see an increase in average hourly pay for Retail and Hospitality work. With the demand for staff in these industries high, businesses are increasing their employee packages, meaning generous salaries, good career progression and attractive benefits.

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Tech-focused stores and restaurants

It’s no surprise the pandemic has really pushed our technology skills to the next level. And this can be seen in exciting advancements in the Hospitality and Retail industries. Expect to see even more venues opening such as Hub by Premier Inn, a sleek and tech-centered city hotel, with touch screen check-in desks and automatic dimming bedroom lights.

It’s an exciting time indeed.. These stylish, modern settings are vibrant and unique places for forward-thinking staff. What’s more, with new venues opening up and expanding at a far higher rate than prior years, there are even more great opportunities to work your way up and build a career if you wish to.

More online presence

As we navigate through a more digital world, businesses are increasing their online presence more and more. The Hospitality and Retail industries, which rely on personable, sociable employees, are putting more emphasis in how they push their brand online. This means they’re broadening the digital platforms they’re using – which is great news for modern job seekers.

Traditional methods of applying to jobs are becoming less common as employers use tech such as apps, social media and QR codes to list jobs and show off their culture. It’s a great time to make use of this and cast your net across different platforms, to not only apply to more jobs, but to learn more about companies before jumping into your next exciting role!