Lex Butler, Chair of the HBAA says:
The Government’s post Brexit immigration plans will put at risk the UK’s position as a world-class destination for business and leisure tourism.
The industry is working hard to recruit more UK based talent to build careers in this industry but we shall not be able to replace all the migrant workers by the time the regulations come into place.
The "economically inactive" suggested by the Home Secretary are not the solution. We are already making every effort to encourage them to take up the many exciting career opportunities in our industry but the UK unemployed aren’t interested in lower paid ‘service’ jobs.
I don’t think upping the number of seasonal workers allowed in is any help to our industry except perhaps when it comes to caterers for the summer sporting events.
Once again being relatively low paid is immediately equated with low-skilled even though in this industry many staff with high levels of responsibility and skill fall below this financial threshold.