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Recruiting through Eures . Eures Mobility Conference in Reykjavík June 22nd, 2007 Þórður B. Sigurðsson, Assistant Managing Director, Fosshótel ehf. . Fosshótel ehf. Founded in 1996

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Recruiting through Eures

Eures Mobility Conference in Reykjavík June 22nd, 2007

Þórður B. Sigurðsson, Assistant Managing Director, Fosshótel ehf.


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Fosshótel ehf.

  • Founded in 1996

  • The company operates two brands of accommodation types, featuring approx. 700 rooms and 200 employees during summer vs. 300 rooms and 70 employess during winter

  • Fosshotels (since 1996)

    • 11 hotels, friendlier all around Iceland

    • 5 hotels open all year

  • Inns of Iceland (since 2005)

    • 2 guesthouses in Reykjavík

    • 1 open all year







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2006 vs. 2000

  • The supply of beds has increased in both categories

  • Number of overnights has increased in both categories

  • Occupancy has increased when looked at all Iceland but decreased in capital area only

  • Unemployment rate is again very low in 2006


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How do we get new staff?

  • Advertisment in local papers

  • Through our own webpages www.fosshotel.is and www.inns.is

  • Through recruitment agencies such as Eures IS, Club Teli in France and others

  • Word of mouth


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Who applies?

  • In many cases we offer seasonal jobs at remote locations where working hours can include weekends and evenings

  • The above conditions have not changed since the early days of Fosshotel ehf.: we still offer the same services at same or similar locations

  • What has changed is the applicant

  • We are getting fewer applications from locals (for both seasonal and whole year positions) and more applications from members of the EU, especially recent members


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Conclusion

  • Given that the increase of bed supply is greater than the increase of occupancy one might conclude that the position of hotels and guesthouses from a competitive point of view is to some extent more vulnerable today than in the past

  • Supply has exceeded demand, at least in the capital area where most rooms are to be found, making it harder for hotels and guesthouses in Iceland to compete for staff


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References

  • Statistics Iceland - http://www.statice.is

  • Directorate of Labour - http://www.vinnumalastofnun.is


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