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BHA report highlights need for migrant workers in hospitality sector post Brexit (6 April 2017)

Date: 06/04/2017
Duncan Lewis, Business Immigration Solicitors, BHA report highlights need for migrant workers in hospitality sector post Brexit

A report by the British Hospitality Association (BHA) has predicted that, if there is no new immigration in the UK, there will be a shortfall of an estimated 62,000 workers in the hospitality sector.

The report adds that, based on this scenario, by 2029 the hospitality sector could face a total recruitment gap of more than one million workers – even if employers use initiatives to attract the current unemployed and inactive population.

Chief executive of the British Hospitality Association, Ufi Ibrahim, said:

“We want to avoid there being any cliff edge, but the government must be aware that in the medium to long term we will still need considerable numbers of EU workers, who have contributed so much to our industry and the UK economy in general.”

The ALMR has welcomed the British Hospitality Association’s report on labour migration in the hospitality sector as a useful tool for the sector in the upcoming Brexit negotiations.

ALMR chief executive Kate Nicholls added:

“At present, licensed hospitality businesses rely significantly on migrant employees, particularly workers from the European Union.

“ALMR research shows that almost a quarter of the total hospitality and tourism workforce is comprised of non-UK workers, rising to nearly 40% for eating and drinking-out businesses – and almost half of those come from within the EU.

“If the sector can reduce its reliance on these workers, to some degree the sense of volatility brought on by the withdrawal will be reduced.

“This report highlights the positive steps the sector is taking and, with any luck, can strengthen our bargaining chip in discussions with the government.”

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