There has been a sharp rise in the number of hospitality job adverts, with online ads pushed up by the reopening of pubs and restaurants last month, The Times has reported.

On 7 May the number of job adverts for roles in hospitality had increased by 46 percentage points since early April, according to jobs website Adzuna, which supplies data to the Office for National Statistics.

Earlier this week UK hospitality charity Springboard said that while the outlook for the sector is improving, the skills shortage that was already being experienced pre-pandemic is now under “even more strain”.

Chris Gamm, CEO, Springboard said: “Since the Prime Minister set out the lockdown ‘roadmap’ on 22 February, we’ve seen a 400% increase in applications to the Kickstart scheme from hospitality employers. It’s an extraordinary challenging time for employers across hospitality not only in terms of recruitment, but many need to focus on survival and rebuilding.”

A recent survey by Springboard of 15 of the sector’s biggest employers found that a third did not have enough staff to cope with reopening.

The reopening of the sector has also resulted a significant uptick in credit and debit card spending on eating out, illustrating the strong pent-up demand from consumers. Spend was at 106% of its February 2020 level in the week to 6 May 2021, according to ONS figures.