Brexit: staff recruitment in the hospitality sector

10th December 2019

Operators in the hospitality industry regularly highlight the challenge they face in finding ways that they can attract good quality staff in an increasingly tight employment market. Furthermore, this is a sector that has traditionally relied to a considerable extent on migrant labour.

Figures from recruiters, The Change Group, have indicated that there was a 8.5% fall in registrations from EU nationals seeking work in London hospitality businesses during 2018. Unsurprisingly therefore, 83% of operators surveyed in the 2019 haysmacintyre UK Hospitality Index stated that Brexit would have a negative impact on their ability to recruit staff, an increase from the previous year’s figure of 77%.

The ongoing uncertainty around Britain’s future relationship with Europe is clearly a major factor when it comes to staffing challenges faced by the hospitality sector.

For more information about the haysmacintyre UK Hospitality Index and the impact of Brexit on recruitment in the hospitality sector, speak with Gareth Ogden or your usual haysmacintyre contact.

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