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Yorkshire and Humberside

Sector establishments

  • There are approximately 15,000 sector establishments in Yorkshire and Humber.
  • 72% of these establishments are ‘restaurants’ or ‘pubs, bars and nightclubs’.
  • North Yorkshire has the largest number of sector establishments in Yorkshire and Humber.
  • Over 3 quarters of hospitality, leisure, travel and tourism establishments employ between 1 and 10 people.


  • Approximately 180,800 people work in the sector in Yorkshire and Humber.
  • Almost a third of all those working in the sector work in restaurants.
  • 64% of people working in the sector are female.
  • 53% of the workforce is employed on a part-time basis.
  • The sector employs a young workforce, with 52% being aged between 16-29 years.


  • The majority of the sector workforce either works in managerial or entry level roles.


  • The number of vacancies being advertised for core sector jobs in Jobcentres in Yorkshire and Humber fell from 2,589 in May 2008 to 2,131 in May 2009.
  • The largest number of vacancies were for ‘kitchen and catering assistants’, ‘chefs, cooks’, ‘bar staff’ and ‘waiting staff’.
  • 5% of sector establishments report they have hard-to-fill vacancies, compared with 8% across the whole economy.
  • 21% of vacancies in the sector in Yorkshire and Humber are proving hard-to-fill. This is less than the national average of 31%.
  • Of these vacancies, 52% are proving hard-to-fill due to a lack of people with the appropriate skills (lower than the national average of 61%)

Workforce skills

  • 28% of the sector’s workforce is qualified to Level 2 and over a fifth are qualified to Level 3.
  • 24% of the workforce in the region is qualified to Level 1 or entry level. 14% hold no qualifications, whilst 10% hold qualifications up to Level 4 and above.
  • 17% of employers in Yorkshire and Humber reported skills gaps in their current workforce.
  • Employers report that 8% of staff are not full proficient in their jobs.

Source: Yorkshire and Humber Regional Profile and Skills Needs Assessment 2009