British Takeaway Campaign responds to ONS figures showing lowest level of EU migration since 2012

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 will worsen the skills shortages for the UK’s takeaway sector.  

“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, this drop further puts at risk the sector’s potential growth of 13% by 2021 - which would see takeaways contributing £5.1bn a year to the economy.

“If we are to have a supply of chefs with the right skills to meet these shortages it is imperative that the Government allows for a transition period that gives sufficient time for the training of domestic workers.

“Even with a transition period, though, more needs to be done to overcome the recruitment gap. That’s why we are 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”.

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 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. 

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