Number of employees in UK contract catering market

by Angela Frewin, Thursday 10th June 2010 17:08

The number of employees in the UK contract catering market (calculated as full-time equivalents) dropped by 6.4% to 109,512 in 2009, down from 114,565 the previous year.

The decline, clear evidence of the impact of the recession, was accelerated by the fall in the number of outlets to 16,583 (down from 16,983 in 2008), according to the latest survey into the market by the British Hospitality Association.

Nevertheless, many smaller and medium-szied companies actually reported an increase in employee numbers. This reflects the plunge in the number of part-time staff, which fell by 10.6% to 60,647 (2009: 67,810).  By contrast, the number of full-timers declined by just 1.8% to 79,189 (2009: 80,660).

The loss of so many lower-paid part-timers explains why labour costs only dropped marginally (to £1.79b  from £1.8b the year before). Labour costs as a percentage of turnover likewise fell marginally to 43%, from 43.8% in 2008.

The total number of staff (counting full- and part-time workers separately) dropped by 6% to 139,836, down from 148,470 in 2008. The industry additionally employed an estimated 100,000 casual staff during the year.

These facts and figures are reported in the Food and Service Management Survey 2010, published by the British Hospitality Association. The full report (which is free to BHA members) can be bought for £95 (for the printed version) or £50 (for a PDF file).  For enquiries or orders, phone 0207 404 7744 or contact Philippa Brady.


More facts and figures from the Food and Service Management Survey


UK contract catering turnover >> 

Number of meals served by UK contract caterers >>

Key ratios in contract catering >>

Types of catering contract >>

Structure of the UK contract catering market >>


Number of staff employed in the UK food and service management market

     Full-
time
Part-
time 
Casual* Total
number
of staff
Number
of F/T
equivalent
staff **
Number of F/T-
equivalent
staff per
outlet
2009 79,189  60,647 

100,000

139,836 109,512 6.7
2008 80,660  67,810

100,000

148,470 114,565  6.7 
2007  81,310  67,891 100,000 149,201   115,255  6.5 
2006  82,186  64,121  100,000 146,307 114,246  6.6 
2005^ 83,304  67,183  100,000 150,487  116,895 6.9 
2004  90,251  66,021  100,000 256,272  123,261  6.7 
2003  91,444  68,967 100,000  260,411  125,927 6.7 
2002  93,250  68,391 100,000 261,641  127,445  6.6 
2001  90,645  66,547  100,000  257,192 123,918   
2000  95,893 56,513 100,000  252,406  124,149   
1999  95,000  54,936  100,000 249,936 122,468  
1993  92,455  25,293  100,000  217,748  108,874  8.1 



*   Estimated
** Full-time equivalents are calculated by counting two part-time employees as the equivalent of two full-time employees
^   The figures have been adjusted to take account of Compass's sale of Select Service Partners in 2006.


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