Industry News | January 17, 2006

Thirty-Two Percent of Hospitality Workers Plan to Leave Their Jobs in 2006, Survey Finds

One-in-four hospitality workers are dissatisfied with their jobs and 32 percent plan to pursue new opportunities by the end of the year, according to a recent survey by

Workers cite dissatisfaction with pay, increasingly heavy workloads and the lack of on-the-job training and development as the leading factors influencing their decisions to change jobs. The survey, "Job Forecast 2006 - Hospitality," was conducted from November 15, 2005 to December 6, 2005.

Compensation continues to top the list of hospitality worker's concerns. Thirty-eight percent of hospitality workers say they were given a raise last year; only 29 percent saw their salaries increase by more than three percent. Half of hospitality workers say they are not satisfied with the pay they receive for the amount of effort they put into their work.

Dissatisfaction with pay is often related to workload. More than half of hospitality workers say their workloads have increased over the last six months and 31 percent are not happy with the effect workload is having on their work/life balance. Thirty-nine percent of hospitality workers characterized their workload as too heavy.

Hospitality workers also voiced concerns over the training and career development they receive in their current positions. Thirty-six percent of hospitality workers say they are unhappy with the amount of training opportunities available to them to development professionally.

"Of all the industries surveyed by, hospitality ranks amongst the highest for the amount of workers who plan to change jobs," said Diane Christopher, Hospitality Employment Expert at "According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the hospitality industry will create over 1.5 million jobs by the year 2012. This means more opportunities for job seekers and it signals the need for employers to strengthen their retention strategies to make sure their top performers don't get away. " sees more than 1.9 million job searches in hospitality every month. offers the hospitality industry multiple touch points to connect with potential employees. powers the online career sites for more than 800 partners reaching national, local, industry, diversity and niche audiences. These include American Hotel & Lodging Association, and Hotel Business.

Add new comment