UKHospitality Unveils 12-Point Plan to Tackle Staffing Crisis
UKHospitality has unveiled a 12-point plan to tackle the staffing crisis facing the hospitality industry.
The plan includes:
1 Government to commit as early as possible to remove all restrictions and restore confidence in working in the sector.
2 Government – central and local – and industry to highlight the looming deadline for Settled Status applications (30 June) and reassure workers overseas that they can return.
3 Industry to work closely with DWP and others to promote jobs and careers in the sector, with government ministers talking up the sector at every opportunity.
4 Industry to engage with secondary schools, colleges and universities to encourage their students into the sector when term finishes.
5 Industry will continue to work in collaboration with DWP to make sure Kickstart works to the fullest for young people and the sector
6 The Treasury to immediately freeze the liquidation of employers' Apprenticeship Levy funding to allow industry to invest in high-quality training.
7 UKH to facilitate additional promotion of CareerScope website.
8 Hospitality and tourism sector to launch recruitment and retention campaign.
9 Expedite the introduction of a catering T-level and commit to a hospitality T-level.
10 Government to amend the Shortage Occupation List and ensure that chefs and other vital roles are returned to the list, alongside a Youth Mobility Scheme.
11 Make permanent the reduced rate of VAT and double the Employer National Insurance Contribution threshold to support businesses to grow and pay higher wages.
12 Review the impact of the new immigration system and its effect on the competitiveness and recovery of the hospitality sector and the wider economy.