Muscat: The number of job vacancies in the Gulf's hospitality sector more than tripled from 18,000 in 2009 to 61,000 in 2013, according to a new Hospitality Employment report published on Wednesday by Catererglobal.com.
Using data from more than 150,000 active candidates seeking employment in the region, the report's findings provides employers and potential employees with an accurate appraisal of the current state of the region's talent market, as well as an insight to how companies can overcome many of the challenges that exist.
The report found that job vacancies have increased by over 25 per cent since 2012 but the impact of this has not all been positive, as HR managers are struggling to fill many of these positions with quality candidates that have the required skills.
Commenting on the publication of the report Pete Willis, director for Middle East at Catererglobal.com, said; "As with many other industries, the region's hospitality sector was negatively impacted by the global recession but it is clear from the findings of our Hospitality Employment Index that the industry has more than started to recover.
"However, what is also clear is that the battle for talent has intensified and, to sustain this growth, employers are having to work hard to attract new recruits, both locally and from outside of the region, that have the appropriate skills," he added.
Other findings from the report include the significant rise in applications for vacancies, across most parts of the sector, but particularly in management posts which have now become exceptionally competitive.
Also, while the number of management posts has remained relatively steady, the number of non-management posts dramatically increased by 32 per cent during the second half of 2013, particularly in front office and housekeeping vacancies.
"Hospitality is a key driver for many countries in the Gulf with governments pushing money into the tourism industry to support economic diversification.
This means it's imperative for the industry to work with accurate data to support the sector's growth.
The feedback from the industry has been extremely positive, which has guided our decision to make this a biannual report — making it the go-to resource for anybody interested in recruitment and the hospitality sector," Willis concluded.
Launched in 2004, Catererglobal.com has pioneered online recruitment for the region's hospitality industry.
\Working with 4-star and 5-star hotels and restaurants around the world the company has developed a reputation as the leader in its field, helping global hospitality brands improve their recruitment and retention processes.