Career Scope for Women in Hospitality Industry
Career Scope for Women in Hospitality Industry- Before the COVID-19 crisis worldwide, domestic tourism in India was on the rise, with over 35 million Indians travelling within the country every year. This is expected to get back to normal post COVID-19. To meet the needs of the growing number of foreign and local tourists, the demand for trained manpower in the travel and hospitality industry will go up substantially again in recent years. For many decades, women in the travel and hospitality industry in India occupied the frontline positions such as receptionists, telephone operators, air hostesses, travel assistants, and public relations personnel. But this is changing now, and women are increasingly occupying managerial level positions in the industry, along with which they are also setting up their own travel and hospitality enterprises. By the very nature of the job, a career in the hospitality industry stands out in respect to other professions. As per a study commissioned years ago, women accounted for almost 70% of the workforce in the travel and tourism and hospitality sector in the world. Let us look more into what is the career scope for women in the hospitality industry.
Current Scenario of working women professionals in hotels
Though the current ratio of men to women employees in hospitality is outweighed by male employees, the sector is constantly working towards bolstering the proportion of women and enhancing gender parity. Let us see the current scenario of women in hospitality.
Ragini Chopra, Vice President of Corporate Communications and Public Relations, Jet Airways ranks among the top executives in the industry.
According to a report published by Times of India once, in South India and West Bengal, 55- 60 percent of the employees in hotels are women while in Maharashtra , Punjab and Delhi the figure is 40- 50 percent. The percentage is lowest in Jammu and Kashmir, UP and Bihar.
With Mumbai being the financial hub of not just Maharashtra but the nation, it is but natural that a large chunk of hospitality jobs in the city, which has topflight hotels and airline operations are performed by women.
Chef Swati Shinde, an assistant food production trainer took an unusual decision to be a chef as being at this position requires hard physical labour and not all women can do it, according to her. She now works at The Pace Hospitality Training Centre at Nandrabad village, 23 km northwest of Aurangabad and on the way to the famous Ellora caves, teaching other men and women to be chefs.
Smita Jatia, Managing Director Mc Donald’s India (West and south) says, “At McDonald’s, we offer equal and diverse opportunities. No discrimination on sex, religion or socio economic background is done when we hire employees. Women also get equal and diverse opportunities. We have 30-40 percent of the women workforce in India.”
Challenges for Women in Hospitality and Tourism Industry
Some of the reasons for which women shy-away a job in the hospitality industry are
The long inflexible working hours
Negligible relaxation on maternity leaves, etc.
Odd and irregular working hours including night duties
Working on weekends and holidays
Less pay as compared to their men counterpart, etc.
Some of these jobs may also involve extensive travel to different destinations. In reciprocation to these causes, the management at hotels are taking stern in-house initiatives like car drop after working hours, flexible timings, and maternity benefits, etc., from unit to corporate level.
Job Roles for Women in Hospitality Industry
Though women are increasingly occupying managerial level positions, most of the roles opted by them in the hospitality industry are:
Sales and Marketing Department
Ground Staff and Cabin Crew
Food and Beverage Manager
Thus the hospitality experience for visitors would prove to be quite incomplete, without the charming smile of a woman at its outset. The feminine touch indeed lends grace and elegance to the hospitality industry. In fact, it would only be fair to say that the industry today holds more potential for women than ever before.
Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - Career Scope for Women in Hospitality Industry
Question: Do women occupy top managerial positions also in the hospitality industry?
Yes with latest trends and increasing career opportunities in hospitality, women make it to the top positions just like in other sectors.
Question: What are some of the challenges faced by women in hospitality?
Most of the time women have to face the problem of irregular and odd working hours which becomes difficult to manage along with the responsibility of a family.
Question: What are some of the initiatives taken by the company to solve the challenges faced by women?
Many companies are taking in-house initiatives like car drop after working hours, flexible timings, and maternity benefits, etc., from unit to corporate level.
Question: What are mostly the positions taken up by women in the hospitality sector?
Most of the frontline positions such as receptionists, telephone operators, air hostesses, travel assistants, and public relations personnel.
Question: Which state has most women working in the hospitality industry?
States like Karnataka and many other Southern Indian states, West Bengal have more percent of women working in this sector.
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The fee structure of Bachelors of Science in Hospitality and Hotel Administration is as follows-
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As the NCHM JEE 2020 counselling has already begun and you have appeared in the exam too under the same category, you cannot now change your category because opening and closing ranks for different categories in various participating institutes are different. However you can still mail the NCHMCT regarding your issues over the address given on official website.
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