The Department for Work & Pensions has teamed up with UKHospitality to help promote jobs in the hospitality sector in order the help tackle the issue of the staffing shortages currently being experience by a number of operators.

A recent UKHospitality survey suggested there was a current vacancy rate across the sector of 9% - the equivalent of a 188,000 shortfall in workers.

The trade body is keen to demonstrate the wide range of jobs and career options available in the industry to UK workers and will be running sessions in partnership with Jobcentre Plus work coaches across England, Scotland and Wales this month.

Kate Nicholls, CEO of UKHospitality, said: “We’re delighted to be working with the government to restore confidence in a sector which is a stable employer for millions of skilled and unskilled workers across a wide range of diverse roles, and which can play a constructive role in tackling unemployment.

“Staff at all levels play a crucial role delivering wonderful hospitality at the very heart of their local communities and employers large and small offer high-class training schemes, apprenticeships and career development pathways.”

Minister for Employment Mims Davies MP added: “It’s been a challenging time for the hospitality sector but our roadmap is giving employers the confidence to hire, and our brilliant Work Coaches are helping them recruit local talent.”

The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has also warned of ‘serious’ shortages of staff in pubs and has written to Davies urging the government to do what it can to help the sector.

According to the BBPA, some of its members have either had to shut pubs or greatly reduce their service due to the shortages.

In addition to sticking to the 21 June roadmap date, it has urged the government to expand the Youth Mobility Scheme to cover more nations and provide a more flexible approach to immigration by reviewing the shortage occupation list, to help support pub and hospitality staffing needs for the long term.