Job market for chefs heats up as demand more than doubles

Jobs for chefs have more than doubled over the last five years, according to data released by, Northern Ireland's leading recruitment website

Chef vacancies have increased by 117 per cent since 2013
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The job market for chefs is heating up according to figures released by, NI’s leading recruitment website.

Jobs for chefs have increased by 117 per cent over the last five years with recording an average increase of 24 per cent in job vacancies for chefs per year.

Demand for chefs have never been higher, according to Sam McIlveen, general manager of

“The job market in Northern Ireland is the best it’s been in years across a number of sectors including hospitality.

“The demand for chefs, in particular stands out, reflect the buoyancy of the economy and our thriving tourism industry as hotels, pubs and restaurants benefit from increased consumer spending.” help celebrate the success of the local hospitality industry at the recent Institute of Hospitality Awards Ceremony in Belfast.

The recruitment website sponsored the ‘Outstanding Contribution To The Industry’ award, which was won by Denis Broderick.

The Titanic Hotel, Roe Park Resort, The Balmoral Hotel, The Belfast Hilton, The Fitzwilliam Hotel, The Hastings Hotel Group and more advertise their vacancies on

Restaurants such as Wagamama, the Muddles Club, Miel et Moi, Avoca, The Ivory, Ox, Nandos, and 5 Guys also work with the website to find staff.

However, Mr McIlveen believes there is a real risk that demand for chefs could outstrip supply.

"The skills shortage for chefs could hamper the growth of our tourism industry so hotels have to consider how to attract talented workers from overseas while also encouraging more people in Northern Ireland to consider a career in the kitchen.

“With over 400,000 jobseekers visiting our site each month the team at is delighted to be doing all we can to help establishments across Northern Ireland fill these crucial roles.”

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