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SLTA Joins Forces With Xpressjobs To Tackle Staff Shortages In The Licensed Trade

SLTA joins forces with Xpressjobs to tackle staff shortages in the licensed trade

The Scottish Licensed Trade Association has joined forces with a UK recruitment firm to help tackle current staff shortages in the hospitality and tourism sectors north of the border.

The SLTA has formed a partnership with tourism and hospitality recruitment specialist Xpressjobs to provide its members with a new service that allows businesses to promote job vacancies free of charge on its website,

Colin Wilkinson, SLTA managing director, said that the Scottish licensed trade had been “hit with a chronic shortage of staff” following Brexit and the Covid pandemic. “Recruiting staff is consistently one of the top three challenges highlighted by those operating in the hospitality sector,” he said.

“This partnership with renowned hospitality recruitment specialists Xpressjobs will offer our members a package of options giving them that extra support, guidance and professionalism to achieve the best results for their recruitment needs. Being that ‘one step ahead of the rest’ is imperative to attract the right person for staff vacancies.”

Head of Xpressjobs, Ivan Mackenzie, added: “As a recruitment firm specialising in the tourism, hospitality, leisure and retail markets, we’re very conscious of the significant staffing challenges that exist within the whole spectrum of the tourism industry just now – particularly with regard to customer-facing roles.

We’ve invested heavily in ensuring our Xpressjobs product provides the very best results in attracting talent in what is a very challenging marketplace.

We’ve been particularly aware of the very considerable challenges that SLTA members are experiencing as the result of staff shortages across tourism and hospitality sector. We knew that boosting the exposure of SLTA members’ vacancies via our high-profile recruitment platform would benefit attractions and help them get their posts filled by appropriate candidates as fast as possible.

We were really pleased to be in a position to offer this help to support an industry which is so vital to Scotland’s economy.”

As a result of the partnership, a wide range of support tools are available to SLTA members:

  • Free Unlimited jobs posting for all members – 28 day job posting on
  • Reduced (50%) of Marketing Promotions (job feature, social media, email marketing) – Cost is usually £300 but would reduce down to £150 (1 month campaign)
  • A recruitment consultation (1hrs) with the Xpress team of experts who can provide SLTA members with advice on recruitment within their organisations, including in the following areas – Job Adverts Training / Attraction-Employee Brand / Process / Salary Benchmarking / Recruitment Strategy
  • Dedicated support – Xpressjobs will appoint your own Account Director who will be your contact and someone that will work with you to make sure all planning is implemented so timescale and deadlines are delivered upon Ongoing working feedback, where we are happy to be working with your team and look for new developments, improvements, and adaptions.


To benefit from the unlimited job postings, job marketing or to request a consultation to receive completely free advice and guidance relating content for job ads, salary benchmarks, recruitment strategy etc, please get in contact with Ivan Mackenzie at or 0131 440 1960 and he will be delighted to assist.

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