MAC report must help drive hospitality career support

UKHospitality has welcomed the Migration Advisory Committee’s interim report and pledged its support for the sector through reform to support hospitality careers.

UKHospitality Chief Executive Kate Nicholls said: “The interim report acknowledges the importance of migration to the UK economy and the importance of migration to the UK’s hospitality sector.

“We are particularly pleased that the MAC’s report recognised that the “vast majority of employers do not deliberately seek to fill vacancies with migrant workers’’, but that, in some cases, these are the only available candidates.

“Most encouragingly, the report identifies the need for vocational reform and education within the UK, to help support a vibrant and dynamic hospitality sector that nonetheless sometimes struggles to attract employees from within the UK.

“The MAC’s report highlights the perception of hospitality in other European countries as a first-choice career and the need for action in the UK to adopt the same approach. Hospitality offers a wide range of exciting career options and we need to be proactive in getting that message across to young workers looking to build a rewarding career.

“This change will need to come partly through support from the Government in the shape of a Sector Deal that provides hospitality businesses with an opportunity to grow and offer more. UKHospitality is committed to working closely with the Government on this important reform – supporting vocational education, apprenticeships and T Levels – to help promote the sector and secure the future of its workforce following withdrawal from the EU.”

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