- There are approximately 14,900 sector establishments in the West Midlands.
- 72% of these establishments are ‘restaurants’ or ‘pubs, bars and nightclubs’.
- Birmingham has the largest number of sector establishments in the West Midlands.
- Over 3 quarters of sector establishments employ between 1 and 10 people.
- Approximately 157,500 people work in the sector in the West Midlands.
- Almost a quarter of all those working in the sector work in restaurants.
- 67% of people working in the sector are female.
- There is an even split between workers who work on full and part-time basis.
- Almost a fifth of the sector workforce in the West Midlands is aged 16-19 years, while a further 16% are between 20-24 years.
- Almost half of the workforce works in elementary occupations, such as kitchen assistants, waiting staff and bar staff.
- Approximately 20% of the workforce is in manager and senior official roles, 14% work in skilled trades and the remaining in technical.
- The number of vacancies being advertised for core sector jobs in Jobcentres in the West Midlands in May 2009 was 2,157.
- The largest number of vacancies were for ‘kitchen and catering assistants’, ‘chefs, cooks’, ‘bar staff’ and ‘waiting staff’.
- 7% of sector establishments report they have hard-to-fill vacancies, compared with 8% across the whole economy.
- 24% of vacancies in the sector in the West Midlands are proving hard-to-fill and 67% of these are proving hard-to-fill due to a lack of people with the appropriate skills
- 30% of the workforce is qualified to Level 2. Almost a quarter of the workforce is qualified to Level 1 or entry level. 18% are qualified to Level 3. 15% hold no qualifications. 13% are qualified to Level 4 and above.
- 19% of employers in the West Midlands reported skills gaps in their current workforce.
- Employers report that 7% of staff are not fully proficient in their jobs.
Source: West Midlands Regional Profile and Skills Needs Assessment 2009