Small Business Demand for Restaurant Food Workers Up 355% Over 2014

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The food and hospitality industries are feeling the effects of the economic good times in the U.S.

And many of the companies in these areas are small businesses.

According to, there’s been a sharp uptick in the number of job listings at small businesses in the food and hospitality industries. The job-finder site has put together data to show which jobs at these small businesses are on the sharpest rise. compared the job listings on its site from the fourth quarter of 2014 to the fourth quarter of 2017. Only companies with less than 150 employees were included.

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The data shows that “Food service worker” has seen a 355 percent increase over that time. “Dishwasher” saw a nearly three-fold increase in job listings, too, up 299 percent.

“The healthy economy continues to have a positive effect on the restaurant and hospitality industries,” explains Indeed Senior Vice President and head of HR, Paul Wolfe. “The top of this list reflects that, with ‘food service worker’ seeing a 355 percent increase in job postings this year. We also see a much higher demand for ‘housekeeper’ and ‘hotel housekeeper’, both of which did not appear in the 2014 findings.”

The other food and hospitality jobs that have seen extremely sharp rises in the number of listings at include “Hotel housekeeper” at 255 percent, “Kennel assistant” at 207 percent, and “Food runner” at 187 percent.

An increase in these types of jobs — especially at these rates — shows that many restaurants, hotels and bed-and-breakfasts, are seeing increased business. They’re hiring more employees to meet the demand for their services and products.

That’s good news on the surface but more employees means more costs. Nearly two dozen states and more local municipalities have enacted minimum wage increases this year. Check out the rest of the jobs seeing similar jumps in listings at in their chart below:

High Demand Small Business Jobs

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Joshua Sophy Joshua Sophy is the Editor for Small Business Trends and the Head of Content Partnerships. A journalist with 20 years of experience in traditional and online media, he is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists. He founded his own local newspaper, the Pottsville Free Press, covering his hometown.

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  1. There have been many concept restaurants nowadays. This may have led to the increase in the need for more restaurant workers.