Brexit: David Davis warns of 'three more years' of negotiations
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The hospitality sector took a huge hit over the past year due to the UK leaving the EU and also the damage to the economy caused by the Covid pandemic. Kathy Dyball, at jobs site Caterer.com has now revealed it has seen vacancies soar by 342 since the re-opening of hospitality in May. She added it currently has more than 28,179 vacancies currently being advertised on the site due to unemployed people desperately grappling for a new career after losing their jobs when the country shut down last year.
The loss of EU workers in recent months may have also been a factor of the influx of vacancies, as the site noted the percentage of EU workers before the pandemic was as high as 75 percent in London.
Ms Dyball said: “It’s encouraging to see more UK workers entering the industry as people see the valuable, long-term employment opportunities hospitality can offer.
“However, talented EU workers remain an essential part of the sector’s success and we join the industry in calling for the Government to urgently make it easier for hospitality talent to return to the UK.
“The staff shortages the sector has been grappling with have only been exacerbated by the recent ‘pingdemic’ and staff being taken out of work at no notice.
“Yet again this is a case of the sector needing more attention from the Government to be able to trade profitably.
“In the longer term there is work to be done to change perceptions of the industry.
“Its reputation has suffered due to lockdowns, with job uncertainty added to the list of misconceptions such as low pay and lack of flexibility.”
Kate Nicholls, chief executive of UKHospitality, also recently warned that the huge increase in the number of people having to self-isolate has hit at the same time as the reopening of the sector.
She added this may have affected the industry as well as Brexit.
She told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “In the last month one in 10 of our businesses have had to close their sites and more importantly one in five have had to significantly adjust their offer or services in order to cope with the pandemic.
“The pingdemic has hit at the same time as the reopening, they haven’t had time to rebuild cash reserves and so they are in quite a fragile state and the hit to revenues as a result of the pingdemic is running at about 15 to 20 percent of revenues for those businesses that are affected, so it is a significant suppression just at the point in time when these businesses needed to start recovering from about 16 months worth of closure and restrictions.
“We are recommending that workers have daily and regular tests and that’s an important part of it for those who are a younger workforce who are through no fault of their own unable to be fully vaccinated by August 16… we are urging the Government to develop a more workable, pragmatic self-isolation policy for those workers that continue to be affected.”
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Around 1.3 million non-UK workers are thought to have left Britain since late 2019.
This may have been due to most of them choosing to go through the pandemic in their country of birth.
And with travel restrictions still in place, as well as tougher post-Brexit migration rules, fewer EU residents are expected to come to the UK for work now.
Meanwhile the Indeed jobs website recently reported searches from overseas workers are down 12 percent since 2019, as a share of all searches for UK jobs.
This suggests employers may have to rely more on domestic candidates.
Earlier this year, the Home Office issued a statement that said more than five million people from abroad had secured rights to remain in the UK through the EU Settlement Scheme.
The Government then encouraged employers to make jobs more attractive to potential workers by improving training, career pathways, pay and working conditions, rather than relying on migrants.
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