Massive restaurant hiring? [moved from SF Bay Area]
As mentioned in the "Scratch in downtown Mountain View" topic, an unprecedented number of Help-Wanted or Now-Hiring signs appeared in downtown MV's dense restaurant row in recent weeks. I've seen at least 8 or 10 (some signs specified positions, of all kinds) and I haven't looked systematically, nor lately in other restaurant regions, so I'm curious how far this extends and what it means. These are long-established businesses mostly (some new ones also are hiring but that's normal).
401 Castro Street, Mountain View, CA 94041
When I posted this topic (on the SF Bay Area regional forum) I wondered how extensive was the restaurant hiring trend. I now suspect it's specific to this part of the Bay Area, where companies are hiring, and the limited office space in the small downtowns is filling up. From the news story linked below:
"I'm pretty sure when the quarter ends we're going to see an office vacancy right around 3 percent," Cobb said. "That's extraordinarily low. Palo Alto is at 2.6 percent. There aren't other parts of the Bay Area that have similarly strong occupancy rates right now."
Maybe I wasn't clear above, but these numerous restaurant "Hiring" signs in downtown Mountain View for various (not specifically entry-level) positions, which began appearing around March, are unusual. (Schools have let out for summer, generally much later than March, during the many years I've regularly frequented the same restaurant neighborhood, but this is the first time I ever saw anything at all like this volume of job advertising.)
Maybe it's indeed just seasonal, and the help-wanted signs are the only thing unusual. But some locals are slightly mystified. A follow-up comment on the Scratch thread suggests that recent hiring is not limited to this particular restaurant neighborhood.
Hmm, could this be a reflection of the upswing of the tech sector? While a select few companies are doing layoffs (like the giant one I just got laid-off from), the word is that most companies are hiring like mad and that the tech job market is the best it has been in years. Some areas of tech (not mine unfortunately) are even crying talent shortage.
I would think that the restaurant hiring in MTV, being in the center of it all, is just reflecting this.
I need to start looking for a job before it swings the other way :)