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This Data Will Satiate Your Appetite for Restaurant Hiring Trends

Restaurant hiring trendsIt’s not that uncommon to see “Wanted” signs posted outside restaurants, but which restaurants, locations and positions that are projected to lead the way when it comes to hiring in the restaurant industry? And, more importantly, what does that mean for you as a recruiter, regardless of which industry you’re in?

Let’s start with the top seven restaurants that are actually hiring along with their projected recruitment needs for the near future, according to data from CareerBuilder’s Supply & Demand Portal:

  1. KFC (22 percent)
  2. Pizza Hut (21 percent)
  3. McDonald’s (12 percent)
  4. Panda Restaurant (12 percent)
  5. Taco Bell (14 percent)
  6. Panera Bread (11 percent)
  7. Chipotle (3 percent)

That’s not all — recent trends show that restaurant hires have been steadily increasing since early 2013. Take a look at the chart below.

Restaurant hiring trends

Future outlook and projected growth

For those hiring in the restaurant industry, take note: Competition will come fiercely from KFC, McDonald’s and Pizza Hut in particular. Managerial positions are in great demand and is expected to grow in particular in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles.

Top Job Titles and Postings

In case you’re curious, we noticed a particularly large number of assistant general managers and general managers needed by Pizza Hut and Taco Bell.

Using data from Economic Modeling Specialists Intl. — also known as EMSI, a CareerBuilder company — we can tell that the top three cities for restaurant hires are projected to grow faster than the national outlook over the next five years.

Breaking it down, restaurant hires nationwide are expected to grow by 7.5 percent while that number is 9.2 percent in New York City, 8.2 percent in Chicago, and a whopping 10.6 percent in Los Angeles. In fact, the latter city is expected to become No. 1 in hiring restaurant staff over the next five years, with particularly aggressive growth expected to start in 2018.

If you’re not hiring in the restaurant industry…

This just goes to show the importance of having the right data at your fingertips. Regardless of what industry you’re in, wouldn’t having real-time access to labor market trends, including supply and demand data, be useful in terms of enabling you to find the right candidates in different locations? By understanding the labor demand of the U.S. workforce, you can more effectively guide your recruitment strategy in terms of employment brand, compensation and overall advertising placement.

Want more information? Find out how to get your hands on this type of data.

Robin Jeng

About Robin Jeng

As an analyst for CareerBuilder’s Workforce Analytics Team, Robin Jeng specializes in researching and reporting on the labor market. He provides insights on trends in recruitment, talent supply and demand, and candidate demographics in order to drive growth of CareerBuilder’s data portals. He works closely with CareerBuilder's business development team and the sales force to answer pivotal business questions for clients.


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