The number of jobs advertised in the hospitality industry increased by 15 per cent last year, according to new data.

The data from the 2019 Reed Hospitality & Leisure Salary Guides showed that in 2018, the industry had the fastest rate of increase across sectors, ahead of both technology and HR.

Analysis of 10 million advertised roles since the start of 2015 found that hospitality exceeded the national average of a 9 per cent increase in the number of jobs advertised.

The sector was one of the only industries – alongside HR - which continued to see the number of advertised roles grow year-on-year.

Among this growth there were increases in advertised roles for commis chefs (40 per cent to more than 1,000 adverts) and operations managers (3 per cent to almost 12,000 adverts) which, despite a stagnation in salary, suggests continued investment in these roles.

Bill Dawes, area manager of Reed Hospitality & Leisure, said: "These figures show that the hospitality sector is in great health. Innovative outlets are popping up everywhere, with technology supporting both back and front-of-house tasks.

"Training, recruitment and retention are improving significantly, thanks in large part to new academies. The only concerns in the sector are uncertainty over Brexit, and struggling high street chains.

"Despite this, the British Hospitality Association predicts there'll be another 500,000 hospitality jobs created by 2022, demonstrating the growth and expansion of the sector in the coming years.

"And companies are employing people on permanent contracts, so there still remains an undercurrent of confidence that this consumer dependent industry is strong enough to thrive after Brexit."

Hospitality also kept pace in terms of salary increases with other fast growing sectors.

While there was a 0.5 per cent increase in average advertised hospitality and leisure salaries, the figures reveal a significant increase in some roles - 8.5 per cent for executive chefs and 7.8 per cent for hotel managers.

Bill added: "Companies have a better view of the staff they need and this has involved heavier investments in HR, retention and internal recruiters hired to attract candidates.

"This has coincided with greater investment in training to convince new workers that this industry is not a short term career option. Hospitality and leisure can give passionate people that have the skills to work in a consumer-facing industry a rewarding career for life.

"This is an exciting, attractive and growing sector. There are lots of new ideas and plenty of opportunities for new recruits."