Hospitality bosses in Jersey say there is "renewed optimism" in the sector, as the number of islanders working in it surpasses pre-pandemic levels.
Statistics Jersey's Labour Market Report for December 2022 revealed that Jersey's hospitality sector saw an annual increase of 490 jobs – the largest increase across all sectors.
Despite being severely affected by the covid-19 pandemic, the hospitality sector employed more people at the end of 2022 than it did before the onset of the pandemic.
Of these additional 490 hospitality jobs, 300 were full-time jobs, 200 were zero-hours jobs, and 30 were part-time jobs.
Pictured: The hospitality sector employed more people at the end of 2022 than it did before the onset of the pandemic.
Ana and Marcus Calvani, Co-CEOs of the Jersey Hospitality Association, said that the rise in jobs show that "hospitality is on the up".
They explained: "These figures reflect an industry that’s in recovery and getting back to pre-pandemic and pre-Brexit levels. But what many people perhaps don’t see is the renewed optimism among business owners and their staff.
"Hospitality is on the up, but we must all remember that it’s coming back from an unprecedented period when it was not allowed to trade, combined with the headaches caused by Brexit.
"There are higher costs of doing business and there are, rightly, higher expectations from our guests and customers, but this is an industry that’s fun to work in and we are always trying to do our best."
Pictured: The only notable annual decrease in jobs was in the island's wholesale and retail sector.
Overall, the total number of jobs in Jersey was the highest recorded to date at 63,760, with 1,600 jobs added from December 2021.
The total number of jobs in the public sector was at an all-time high at 9,070, while the total number of private sector jobs was the second-highest recorded to date at 54,690.
Of the other sectors, transport and storage saw an annual increase of 280 jobs, finance and legal activities saw an annual increase of 230 jobs, and construction and quarrying saw an annual increase of 170 jobs.
The only notable annual decrease was 190 jobs in the wholesale and retail sector, which employs 11% of the island's workforce.
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