For catering recruitment agencies, the workload fluctuates throughout the year. They are busiest during the summer and the festive season.
Christmas and Other Celebrations
There is always more demand for catering staff in the lead up to Christmas and New Year. That demand comes from all sectors of the catering industry. Restaurants and bars need extra staff to cope with small groups of friends and colleagues coming in for special Christmas and New Year meals.
Catering firms also get far busier around the festive season. Many large firms still hold office parties and hire catering firms to look after the food and drink.
It is important not to forget caterers are also kept busy by other big celebrations, such as the end of Ramadhan (Eid al-Fitr), Diwali and to a lesser extent the Jewish celebrations of Passover, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. In addition, more and more people are hosting parties for things like the Chinese New Year, Halloween and St Patrick’s day, so for caterers there are opportunities, in the UK, pretty much year round.
The Opportunities the Summer Brings
However, in the UK, the summer is when the greatest demand comes for the catering industry. In the summer, more people get married and a significant percentage of their work comes from this source.
However, it is festivals, fetes and big sporting events, which bring in the additional extra work for most outdoor caterers. At these events, food is important and has to be available in many forms. Most venues have their own onsite bars and restaurants, but also have mobile caterers. Both need temporary staff and they order a lot of pre-prepared food items that are finished on site or served cold.
In the summer, private individuals are also far more likely to hold celebrations. They will hold large family parties at their home and will often hire a party firm to look after everything from balloons to food. Doing it this way does not cost much per head and means no one has to worry about the washing up because caterers bring everything from tables and chairs to plates and cutlery with them.
Regardless of the firm, or time or year, most recruit their staff using catering recruitment agencies. They do so because it is a quick, easy and inexpensive way to secure staff as and when they need them.
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