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Hospitality employment has fallen year on year

hospitality employment

Official data from the Office for National Statistics has revealed that the number of people employed by the hospitality industry in the UK has fallen year-on-year for the first time since 2009.

The figures show that 1.75 million people were employed in the hospitality industry (covering the food and accommodation sectors) at the end of June 2018, a drop of 1% from the 1.77 million employed at the end of June 2017.

The ONS data shows that this is the first drop in hospitality employment since 2009, when the recession caused huge numbers of job losses.

According to UKHospitality, recruitment in catering is a growing problem, due to a lack of migrant workers entering the UK since the Brexit vote in 2016. The chief executive Kate Nicholls said: “The hospitality labour pool is shrinking and around a quarter of employers in the sector already say they are struggling to fill vacancies. “The hospitality sector relies heavily on EU migrants to fill many of its vacancies and should this trend continue, businesses are likely to struggle to keep up with projected growth.”

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