British Takeaway Campaign responds to CIPD's 'supply shock' labour market report

The British Takeaway Campaign, an umbrella group representing those involved in the supply and preparation of the nation's favourite foods, today (Monday) commented on the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development's (CIPD) Labour Market Outlook.

Commenting on today's CIPD report showing further recruitment issues for employers, Chairman of the British Takeaway Campaign, Ibrahim Dogus said:

“This isn’t news to the takeaway sector which has been experiencing real skills shortages for some time and is struggling to recruit chefs in almost all cuisines, as well as the broader range of skills required to run successful takeaway restaurant businesses.  As well as ensuring we have the right domestic skills such as specific T Levels for catering and hospitality, the Government needs to reconsider the inclusion of these skills in its approach to immigration. The takeaway sector currently contributes £4.5 billion to the UK economy, and it needs the right skills and policy if it is to continue to flourish.”

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 15 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 Katie Gleeson at Newington Communications on 0203 176 2839, or at btc@newingtoncomms.co.uk

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