British Takeaway Campaign responds to fall in EU net migration

The British Takeaway Campaign, an umbrella group representing those involved in the supply and preparation of the nation’s favourite foods, today (Thursday) commented on the Quarterly Migration Report, which shows a fall in EU net migration.

Responding to the latest migration figures, Ibrahim Dogus, Chair of the British Takeaway Campaign, said:

“Today’s statistics, showing a further drop in EU net migration, reinforce what we are seeing across the UK takeaway sector – that takeaway restaurants are struggling to recruit the skills they need to support their business.

“With over a third of takeaway restaurants experiencing skills shortages, particularly for chefs in specialist cuisines, and more than a third saying Brexit will make it more difficult to recruit staff, it's vital that the immigration system enables the sector to access the skills it needs from both inside and outside the EU.

“That’s why the Government’s post-Brexit immigration white paper should outline a long-term immigration system that does not discriminate between EU and non-EU migrants, and instead prioritises areas of skills shortage – helping to support thousands of takeaway restaurants. We are also urging the Migration Advisory Committee to use its review of the Shortage Occupation List to address the absurd anomaly which allows for the recruitment of specialist chefs for restaurants, but, bizarrely, not for those working in takeaways. This action needs to go hand in hand with investment in high-quality vocational training in order to build a pipeline of home grown talent, which it is why it is critical the new Catering and Hospitality Technical Level is designed in collaboration with industry.”

Among the measures the BTC is calling for are:

  • An immigration system that does not discriminate between EU and non-EU migrants.
  • A fairer immigration system based not on country of origin or skill level, but upon areas of skills shortage.
  • An amendment of the Shortage Occupation List (SOL), a list of occupations for which there are not enough British workers to fill vacancies, to make it fairer and more functional.

Notes to Editors:

The British Takeaway Campaign (BTC) is an umbrella group, championing those involved in the supply and preparation of takeaway food. The group brings together 16 organisations representing the breadth of the industry, from curry and kebab houses to fish and chip shops, Chinese restaurants and pizzerias.

According to independent research by the BTC, the takeaway sector supports 231,000 jobs and takeaways themselves directly contributed £4.5bn in gross value added (GVA) contributions to UK GDP in 2016, rising to £9.4 billion when factoring in the multiplier effect of supply-chain and employee spending – equivalent to 0.5% of GDP.

The BTC’s members are:

  •          Just Eat
  •          British Kebab Awards
  •          Foodservice Packaging Association
  •          K10 Restaurants
  •          Curry Life Magazine
  •          QuickBite Magazine
  •          Night Time Industries Association
  •          UK Bangladesh Catalysts of Commerce & Industry
  •          National Federation of Fish Friers
  •          Bangladesh Caterers Association
  •          Nationwide Caterers Association
  •           SeeWoo UK
  •          Catering Equipment Suppliers Association
  •          Westmill Foods
  •          UKHospitality
  •          The BTC also works in collaboration with the Pizza, Pasta and Italian Food Association.

Find more information about the BTC on the website and follow GB_Takeaway on Twitter.

Images of Ibrahim Dogus, the BTC and the takeaway sector available on request. 

Media enquiries:

For media queries or to request an interview, please contact Joe Carton at Newington Communications on 07707693449, or at btc@newingtoncomms.co.uk

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