Some 61% of the 700 surveyed operators said they expected to offer new jobs in 2013 – up from 55% on last year. Meanwhile, 77% were not planning on making any job losses over the next 12 months.
Elsewhere, 51% of hotels, restaurants, pubs and bars said they were interested in hiring ex-public sector workers – compared with 57% of businesses across all sectors which said they did not want to do so.
Mike Saul, head of hospitality and leisure, corporate banking at Barclays, said: "[The hospitality sector] is well placed to offer opportunities to a broad spectrum of individuals from many different employment backgrounds and, as our research shows, there is clearly room and appetite to develop these aspirations."
Barclays recently published a survey showing that the hospitality industry is missing social media opportunities.