(PRWEB UK) 29 November 2011
A major pan-European expansion by the Hilton international hotel chain is likely to see many technical behind-the-scenes jobs - including financial jobs - created in the UK.
The company announced plans this week to create 8,500 new jobs across Europe by 2014, with the opening of 110 new hotels. Some 1,500 of the jobs will be created in the UK, with new hotels planned for a range of towns, including Lincoln and Burton on Trent.
The company's area president for Europe, Simon Vincent, said that they had identified the UK, Germany and Poland as their key growth areas, but they were also looking at staging major pushes into Russia and Turkey.
Vincent said, "While unemployment figures in Europe continue to rise, Hilton Worldwide is experiencing an exciting period of growth, which will see us continue to offer a wealth of rewarding career options."
Geoff Newman from recruitment agency RecruitmentGenius.com believes the Hilton’s expansion is a further sign the UK is making a natural transition to the hospitality sector.
Geoff said, “The government wants to reduce our dependency on the financial services and retail sector. Hospitality and leisure is ideally placed to create these jobs quickly and position the UK as a tourist hotspot for Europe. I sincerely hope other hotel chains follow suit and recruit more staff.”
Hilton Worldwide currently employs more than 30,000 people across the globe, and currently has 215 hotels in Europe. Its plans for growth also represent one of the strongest pipelines of the European hospitality industry. The expansion plans will also safeguard at least 2,500 hospitality careers through the conversion of existing businesses to Hilton branded establishments.