British Takeaway Campaign responds to quarterly migration statistics
Article Date: 2018-02-22
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 statistics, which show a fall in EU net migration over the last year.
Responding to the latest migration figures, Ibrahim Dogus, Chair of the British Takeaway Campaign, said:
"With a third of takeaway restaurants experiencing skills shortages, particularly for chefs, 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 inside and outside the EU.
"That’s why the BTC is calling for the development of a long-term immigration system that does not discriminate between EU and non-EU migrants, and instead prioritises skills and sector shortages – helping to support thousands of takeaway restaurants. This needs to go hand in hand with investment in high-quality vocational training in order to build a pipeline of home grown talent.”
Among the measures the BTC called for in its submission to the Migration Advisory Committee are for the Government to:
- Revise the Shortage Occupation List to include specialist chefs in shortage cuisines that work in takeaways
- Ensure that limits on free movement are kept to a minimum and are focused on areas of skill shortage
- Create a Business Visa, providing low skilled migrants with a 12-24 month visa – binding them by contract to an employer, with scope to review after the original employment period
- Provide support and incentives to the takeaway industry to invest in training employees locally
- Develop a long-term immigration system that does not discriminate between EU and non-EU migrants, and instead prioritises skills and sector shortages.