Subscribe to our free fortnightly newsletter and stay ahead with the latest news in HE

New framework serves up recruitment solution for HE

TUCO launches first national catering recruitment framework

Posted by Rob Bertels | April 07, 2017 | Catering & hospitality

Finding and retaining temporary staff is a challenge across the hospitality industry, especially for the higher education sector. Not only is it time consuming but it can be a costly business with a survey by The University Caterers Organisation (TUCO) revealing that 19 of its members spent a combined average of £4.5m per year on temporary recruitment.

Responding to demand from its members, TUCO has launched the first national catering recruitment framework for the higher education sector. The Recruitment Services Framework provides access to 12 specialist catering recruitment companies, including regional and national service providers, and gives HE operators instant access to skilled, temporary staff who understand the specific requirements of working in a catering environment.

Speaking about the new service, Nicola Mellor, TUCO Category Manager for the Recruitment Services Framework, said: “Working closely with our members and responding to their unique requirements, the Framework has been designed to make the recruitment process as easy and efficient as possible. The hassle of each university tendering on its own has been removed and operators can agree their individual needs with the recruiters, who will then source and manage the effective provision of temporary, permanent and fixed-term staff.

“By going through the approved suppliers within the framework, university caterers can ensure value for money, as well as compliance to staffing legislation and regulations – ultimately helping to better manage the staffing process and reduce budgets.”

The TUCO Recruitment Services Framework is built on flexibility and enables caterers to recruit staff, with as little as 24 hours’ notice, across a range of positions, from baristas and bar staff, through to head chefs and silver service front of house members.

For more information on the TUCO Recruitment Services Framework and to see a list of the full suppliers, please visit

Subscribe to our free fortnightly newsletter and stay ahead with the latest news in HE

Related stories

Navigating allergen legislation

TUCO Conference returns for 2017

What results should you expect from recruitment technology?

High street food and drink costs rise by 48%

Catering for conference season

Waste not want not

Turning up the heat

Winners announced at TUCO Competitions

Think global, act local - the power of collaborative working

Celebrating university catering excellence

Market place - view all


We offer a great student experience - plus a great investment oppor...

Tamlite Lighting

Tamlite Lighting was founded in 1967 at Telford in Shropshire and t...


NEC Corporation is one of the world's leading providers of Internet...

Student furniture

LOFT Interiors offers a complete furnishing service to the resident...

Campus Living Villages

Campus Living Villages is a global owner, developer and operator of...


The leader in higher education technology. Ellucian delivers the s...