UK's new immigration rules could hit hospitality hard

UK's new immigration rules could hit hospitality hard

Waiters and hotel workers, other than managers, will not be classified as skilled employees under the UK Government’s new scheme. This means it will be impossible for any migrants to enter the UK in order to work in the hospitality industry at a junior level. Nearly half of all workers in the industry are currently from the EU, meaning this could have a detrimental impact on restaurants, cafes and hotels who would need to significantly increasing wages to attract British applicants or meet immigration requirements. These measures will likely worsen the staff and skills shortages that exist in hospitality and it reminds us of the challenges faced by an often undervalued profession. With warnings from Pret A Manger two years ago that only one in 50 job applicants were British, the possibility of widespread shortages becomes more likely unless a more nuanced system is in place.

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