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British Takeaway Campaign responds to drop in EU net migration

Article Date: 2019-02-28

Responding to the latest quarterly migration figures showing a drop in EU net migration, Ibrahim Dogus, Chair of the British Takeaway Campaign, said:

"With 68% of takeaways experiencing skills shortages, it is imperative that the Government adopts a joined up approach to catering skills for the takeaway sector if it is to plug this staffing gap. Policymakers must recognise that domestic and immigration policy needs to work in harmony to generate the best results for business, with a single, positive approach to skills across Government.

"Today’s drop will exacerbate these skills shortages, putting at risk the future of a sector worth £4.5 billion each year. That’s why we are calling for urgent action including a transition period that gives sufficient time for the training of domestic workers.

"Beyond a transition period, more must be done to overcome the recruitment gap by welcoming chefs with skills that can only be sourced internationally. That’s why we have urged the Migration Advisory Committee to address the absurd Shortage Occupation List anomaly which allows for the recruitment of specialist chefs for restaurants, but, bizarrely, not takeaways.”

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