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Author: Duncan J Carter

Published date: 2018/02


From the 5-8th March 2018 PRS will be exhibiting at the Hotelympia at ExCel London and the subject many of us will be discussing is the future of hospitality. 


PRS are at the forefront of recruiting catering staff within the hospitality sector and big advocates of promoting apprenticeships to encourage more British workers into the industry.


Reports by the Guardian have anticipated that catering (alongside construction and care) may find it hard to recruit in their industry post-Brexit. This is due to the understanding that hotels, cafes and restaurants rely on EU-born and non-EU-born workers (of 1.9 million industry workers, they make up 634,000), combined with the collapse of the pound and the uncertainty of the place of EU nationals in the UK.


Between 2014 and 2024 the hospitality and tourism sector will need to fill 1.3m new jobs. Currently, a quarter of hospitality and tourism business have vacancies, of which 38% are considered hard to fill.


The British Hospitality Association (BHA) suggests that thousands of businesses are faced with the prospect of having to drastically reduce their dependence on EU workers. European workers currently make up around quarter of the industry’s workforce, and businesses may have to start looking closer to home to fill their vacancies should any separation deal reduce access to the European labour market as part of the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union. The findings of a recent survey carried out by accountancy firm KPMG forecasts that businesses will have to find an additional 60,000 new employees on top of the 200,000 already required every year to compensate for ‘natural churn’.


What’s more, over half of UK professionals aged 24 and under have said that they are not willing to take on work that EU migrants traditionally do in the UK. With this in mind, it is not surprising to see that applications in the sector have seen a decline in 2017.


The BHA has already outlined a 10-year-strategy to encourage more British workers into an industry which, according to a KPMG report commissioned by the BHA, will need an additional 60,000 workers per year to power growth in addition to the 200,000 workers needed to replace churn each year. A key plank to this strategy is attracting people straight from education.


At PRS we want to work in partnership with employers to build long term strategies to hire the best staff and prepare for possible shortfalls, from temporary and contract workers to full time permanent staff.


Our core sectors include; Contract Caterers, Event Caterers, Facilities Management, Sports and Music Venues, Hotels, Schools and Hospitals.


Please take the time to speak with us at the event on stand 2970 - you can register for a free exhibitor pass using this link . Register Here