The jobs market is showing early signs of recovery, which suggests hospitality is building back its workforce. 

The number of payroll employees has increased for the fifth consecutive month but remains 772,000 below pre- pandemic levels, according to the Office for National Statistics.

Since February 2020, the largest falls in payrolled employment have been in the hospitality sector, among those aged under 25 years, and those living in London.

Following a period of employment growth and low unemployment, since the start of the pandemic, employment has generally been decreasing and unemployment increasing.

However, the latest estimates for January to March 2021 show signs of recovery, with a quarterly increase in the employment rate.

Meanwhile, there was a quarterly decrease in the unemployment rate and the economic inactivity rate increased on the quarter.

With the reintroduction of many coronavirus restrictions, total hours worked decreased on the quarter.