The body which represents the recruitment industry claim the government’s immigration policy should reflect the current skills shortage in the hospitality sector, Lisa Meadows reports.
According to the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC), the government must recognise the need for sufficient expertise in this area as it tightens the UK’s borders.
The REC reports that one in every five hospitality vacancies is already difficult to fill, and any immigration cap could increase the scale of the problem.
Suzanne Letting, chair of REC Hospitality, said it was clear that immigration is an issue that needs tackling.
However, she said that the diverse nature of the UK hospitality sector is vital to its success and its potential to grow.
“Any immigration policies limiting the number of staff with the in-demand skills will have a direct impact on the already hard-pressed hospitality industry,” Ms Letting said.
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