There has been a dramatic rise in the demand for baristas in Ireland, according to new figures released by job site, Indeed. Vacancies for roles posted on jobs website Indeed are up 79% in the past 3 years, and up 25% in the past year.
Indeed’s research also showed that Ireland’s restaurant sector was also searching for new staff with postings of vacancies for chefs up 71% in the past 3 years.
Indeed has warned that the enthusiastic embrace of café culture among Irish consumers also comes with a note of caution in 2019 - this year could be a tougher year for the café and restaurant trade with the increase in the VAT rate for the hospitality sector to 13.5% kicking in from the 1st January 2019. Increases in the prices of commuters’ morning flat whites and lunchtime sandwiches have already been registered.
Speaking this week, VP EMEA at global job site Indeed, Chris McDonald said, "The rise of hipster café culture in Ireland is a clear trend with booming recruitment for baristas to fulfil our love affair with our daily caffeine jolt. Our research also suggests that the recovery in the Irish economy is supporting increasing recruitment in the restaurant sector. With unemployment at an 11-year low there is now intense competition between employers for recruits, meaning more attractive pay packets and employee perks are increasingly likely to be on offer."