The Rick Stein restaurant group has announced a recruitment drive thanks to a boom in the Great British staycation.
The company is keen to attract the best talent from around the UK following the huge volume of business it is doing down in Cornwall.
The Rick Stein portfolio contains 13 eateries and eight different accommodation options, including restaurants with rooms, luxury cottages and self catered barns. It has almost 40 roles to fill in the coming weeks.
Each property across the board is close to full occupancy throughout the summer season, which is expected to extend throughout September and October.
The company has had to go through a tough restructure in order to survive and there was much talk of redundancies and restaurant closures during lockdown, however the roles lost were mainly in centralised areas and not customer-facing.
With a number of local staff opting not to return to customer-facing roles within the family-run restaurant and hotel group, it is now on the look-out for new talent.
Mr Stein said he wanted to reach out to those in other parts of the country who are struggling to find work in hospitality.
He said: “If you have found yourself out of work due to the Covid-19 pandemic, I urge you to consider coming to Cornwall. It’s thriving and with travel bans still in place there is great hope that the staycation will extend through to early winter and bring some much needed revenue to the locality.
“We are looking for chefs, waiting staff, housekeepers, kitchen porters and reception staff, there are jobs available across the board. I would love to see new members of the team coming from more hard hit areas of the country, plus with a number of roles we even help with accommodation so there is no need to worry about that.”
Mr Stein said the company has received more than 3,500 applications since it began recruiting five weeks ago – compared to 5,500 during the whole of 2019.
However, despite the large amount of applications, the team is still struggling with a large number of no-shows throughout the process.
Michael Rabone, head of human resources at the group, said: “Although this was an increasing challenge before lockdown, we’ve seen a noticeable increase in the number of no-shows at all stages of the recruitment process. This included candidates that apply and cannot be contacted, candidates invited to interview that do not attend and individuals offered roles that do not start work.
“There are also some scenarios where individuals are accepting jobs and moving to another role within the first week or two. These scenarios all appear to be a consequence of multiple job applications being made and the potential opportunity to consider a number of options.”
Current job vacancies with the Rick Stein Group include:
– Breakfast chef, Sandbanks
– Bartender, The Cornish Arms
– Kitchen Assistant, Chip Shop
– Commis Chef, Chip Shop, St. Petroc’s Bistro, The Seafood Restaurant, Winchester
– Chef de Partie, Chip Shop, St. Petroc’s Bistro, Winchester
– Waiter/Waitress, The Cornish Arms, The Seafood Restaurant, Chip Shop, Cafe, Marlborough, Sandbanks, Barnes
– Assistant Manager, The Cornish Arms
– Sous Chef, Fistral (Newquay), Sandbanks
– Chefs, Marlborough
– Reservations Assistant, St. Eval
– Housekeeper, Padstow
– Kitchen Porter, St. Petroc’s Bistro, The Seafood Restaurant, Winchester
– Pastry Chef, The Seafood Restaurant
– Food Production Operative, Padstow
– Finance and Commercial Manager, St. Eval
– Senior Chef de Partie, Sandbanks
– Supervisor, Sandbanks
– Junior Sous Chef, The Seafood Restaurant
More details can be found HERE.