Hotel Job Market Trends

Hotel jobs can range from seasonal to full-time employment. The hotel industry is a service industry and is often considered as a benchmark of economic health because it reflects disposable income and discretionary spending by consumers. The hotel industry is also very much demand driven, and demand can vary greatly. In tough times, the industry sheds staff rapidly. This is mainly to offset overheads and running costs. The upside is that the industry also hires just as quickly in peak demand periods. Experienced people in the industry follow the market trends, and plan their career moves to match the demand for employment.

Careers in the hotel industry: Overview

Career progression at all levels in the hotel industry is based on job mobility as much as promotion. Unlike other industries, the traditional corporate chain of organizational promotions is uncommon in the hotel industry. Only the major hotel chains have this structure, and even so the upper levels of the corporations are relatively small. Senior staff and managers, being at the top of the industry, move according to salary opportunities.

This organizational structure also applies to other career prospects in the industry. Hotels tend to be local operations by nature, and opportunities for employment at all levels are only occasional in each hotel. However, one of the great advantages of working in the hotel industry is that job skills are very portable. Experienced staff can rely on their skills to find employment. Kitchen staff, bar staff and room staff can move around the industry easily.

Hotel business models and jobs

The high overhead and economics of the industry have produced a business model which is much friendlier as an employer than the old style hotels. This is a class of modern budget hotel which targets middle demographic customers. These are nothing like the notorious budget hotels of the past. They're a much more advanced type of hotel which operates in conjunction with the tourist industry, does its bookings on the net, and caters to the cut price market. Their standards of accommodation are excellent by industry standards, and relatively cheap, in some cases 20% of the big hotels. These hotels can operate in the middle of major cities, with the costs of those locations, and be solidly booked year round.

These hotels have made big inroads on the industry simply because they provide both high quality and savings. Not surprisingly, experienced hotel industry staff were quick to gravitate to a successful business mode. This trend continues as more new operators move in, having the additional advantage of not having commitments to expensive or high cost operations. The new business models are reworking the entire concept of the hotel business. That's excellent news for hotel staff at all levels and the industry itself. The net effect is a redistribution of the workforce, in many cases into better jobs with better working conditions.