Hotels still seek staff despite downturn
Employers yesterday spelled out the attractions of a career in the troubled hospitality sector, writes Brian McDonald.
More than 30 of them turned up at a careers fair yesterday, insisting that jobs were still available for the right candidates in hotels and restaurants.
Despite dismal returns by the hotel sector -- revenues were down 17pc last year -- there was no shortage of hoteliers and recruitment agencies at the annual Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology Hotel School Careers Fair in Galway.
"There certainly are jobs in the hospitality sector -- you wouldn't get hoteliers spending their time at a jobs fair if they weren't seeking people," said Maryln Reddan of RecruitDirect.ie.
"Hotels are suffering, there's no doubt about it. But there are jobs there and they are still hiring. We had five hotels register with our site only last week," Ms Reddan added.
The GMIT fair attracted hundreds of students and hospitality workers looking for work.
The head of the Hotel School at GMIT, Cait Noone, said: "Many unemployed people in this region have managerial skills or hospitality experience and our industry is always looking for great team leaders."