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UKHospitality Unveils 12-Point Plan to Tackle Staffing Crisis

18 Jun 2021

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:

Short-term

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.

Medium-term

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.

Longer-term

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.

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