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Survey Reveals Misconceptions Surrounding Careers in the Leisure Industry


The latest Deltic Night Index reveals the positive impact of the evening and late night leisure industry on employment, including the role it plays in equipping young people with essential skills.

Of the respondents who have worked in the evening or late night leisure industry, 64.9% entered the industry between the ages of 16 and 20 and they stayed, on average, for more than four years.

One of the top reasons respondents gave for working in the evening and late night leisure industry was, perhaps unsurprisingly, to earn money when at school or college (48.8%), closely followed by 43% who liked that the hours suited their lifestyle, and nearly 35% who saw it as a fun and sociable environment in which to work. Only 11.9% chose to work in the industry because they believed it would equip them with key skills that they could use throughout their working life.

Yet, as this latest research demonstrates, a staggering 72.8% of those that have worked in the industry said that they acquired more skills than they were expecting. A whopping four fifths (81%) said they developed communication skills through working in the industry, 74.8% felt they learnt how to work under pressure and 69.2% learnt how to deal with difficult situations. In addition, 65.5% learnt how to multi-task, 63.7% learnt how to work with different people, and 62.7% learnt how to work effectively in a team.

It’s not just soft skills that employees benefited from. Almost a third (29.8%) felt they developed management skills, over a quarter (25.2%) developed negotiating skills, and a fifth (20.6%) developed operational skills.

Peter Marks, Chief Executive of The Deltic Group commented:

“Our sector is a unique one, so it’s great to see that so many people that have felt the benefits of working in the industry. Yet the data clearly shows that the sector needs to be doing more to educate people about the varied and exciting career opportunities that we have to offer.

“I’ve always talked about the wider benefits of the late night economy, from job creation to its positive impact on the UK’s high streets. But this latest data demonstrates the role it plays in equipping people with vital skills for working life, and is further evidence of the far reaching positive impact of the evening and late night economy.”

The research also revealed a disparity between the perceptions and reality of having a career in the industry:

  • 36.5% believe there are less barriers to promotion than in other industries;
  • 34.3% found there were more training opportunities than they were expecting;
  • 34.1% found there were more career development opportunities than they were expecting;
  • 60.5% found it was a more sociable environment than they were expecting;
  • 62.5% said it was harder work than they expected;
  • 45.4% said it is a more professionally run environment than they were expecting; and
  • 60.7% of those that worked in the industry would recommend it to young people to develop essential work experience.

This is the fourth Deltic Night Index, a quarterly report published by late night leisure leader The Deltic Group. The report looks at changing consumer behaviours in the UK’s evening and late night leisure sector, which encompasses clubbing, drinking and eating out, cinema and live music amongst others.

Overall, spending on evening and late night leisure is down 3.5% on the last quarter to £53.63, from £55.56 (May 2017 – Jul 2017, compared to Feb 2017 – Apr 2017). Despite this, spend on drinks in the venue has risen over the three month period of almost 4%, bringing the total to £17.99.

Once again the Great British pub was the most popular night out1 activity with over a quarter (25.8%) of people choosing to spend the most money on this activity each month. Clubs saw an increase of almost 3%, and bars also were more favoured than last quarter, increasing more than 4% to 15.9%.

The next Deltic Night Index, which will be released in November, will be the first to show year on year data.

Marks continued:

“Although overall spend has declined, it is encouraging to see people opting to spend more on drinks in venues rather than on pre-drinks. In addition to this, more Brits are going out at least once a week than in the last quarter, and during the sunnier and dryer months, we tend to see more people choosing to take public transport and in my experience eat lighter meals which would also explain the overall decline.”

The report surveyed 2,591 18+ year olds across the UK. This included 2,076 respondents who go on nights out, 509 18-21 year olds and 504 people that have worked in the late night leisure industry.


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