Unbelievably after 18+ months of few employment opportunties in live events, the industry is now experiencing a staff shortage as rescheduled events cause calendar congestion for organisers and venues and many experienced event staff had transferred to other sectors or had returned to their overseas homes during the pandemic.
Events Job Postings Spike 172% in July
From The Caterer on the 16 July 2021 we learnt that "The return of large-scale shows, sport and festivals has sent job postings in the events industry soaring toward pre-pandemic levels as England moves to step four of lockdown easing on Monday. According to data from the world's largest job site Indeed, postings for roles in the events industry were up 172% compared to this time last year and have risen 29% between May and July."
Roles in the events sector being advertised on Indeed included event managers, visitor experience managers and event hosts at some of the UK's major tourist attractions. Venues were also hiring stewards, security managers, ticket salespeople and audio-visual technical assistants as they scaled up their operations.
Good News for the Events Sector
Jack Kennedy, a UK economist at Indeed, said: "The full reopening of the economy across Britain spells good news for the events sector, which has spent much of the pandemic stuck in a deep freeze…"
And as early as May, The Guardian was reporting "The number of events being listed is up to double that of pre-Covid levels, while bookings have surged by as much as 1,000%..."
Event staff shortages are proving to be the case in many countries as they emerge form lockdowns and rescheduled event dates arrive. This was the conclusion at “We are Live” relaunch event by Adam Hall Group in Germany this June.
Experienced and Qualified Event Staff in Demand for Entry and Management Level Roles
Event School Director, Maria O'Dea spoke yesterday of the increased demand for event staff at entry and management level. 'We've had four approaches over the past three days alone from organisers and venues looking for help to fill a range of roles including event assistants, event planners, wedding planners, event sales staff, venue coordinators and venue support staff. However, the majority of our graduates are already employed, so we are ramping up our course offerings on Foundation and MasterClass courses to try and support demand."
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