The largest county in the South East of England, Hampshire is also one of the most prosperous, with higher levels of employment than the national average.
Hampshire County Council Catering Services are one of the region's major catering employers, providing work for over 1500 catering staff in schools across the county. Catering assistants can expect to earn between £6-7 per hour. Recruitment agencies will advise applicants that DBS checks are required, and contracts cover term time only.
Hampshire has many tourist attractions, from seaside resorts to stately homes. It is home to two national parks, the South Downs and the New Forest. The high number of hotels, holiday parks and conference centres means the county offers a diverse range of catering opportunities, particularly in the field of corporate hospitality.
At one of the many conference centres and large function venues, experienced hospitality managers will earn in the region of £35,000 per annum. Applicants for entry level roles would benefit from a City & Guilds qualification in Hospitality and Catering, or equivalent.
Recruitment agencies frequently recruit seasonal staff for the numerous tourist attractions throughout Hampshire, and this is a good way of gaining experience of the hospitality and catering industry.