Following our recent post on the Mercer study of the impact of a reduction in net migration on 6 UK industry sectors post-Brexit, comes the release of a report by KPMG setting out the possible effects on the Hospitality and Tourism sectors.
Employees from the EU make up around 25% of workers in the sector and, if immigration is too tightly controlled after the UK exits the EU, a shortfall of 60,000 workers per year is forecast.
Last month the sandwich and coffee chain Pret a Manger revealed that only one in fifty of its applicants was British and 65% of its workforce were EU nationals.
"It is clear that hospitality and tourism face major problems in recruitment if there is any major cut in the number of workers allowed to enter from the EU," Ufi Ibrahim, head of the BHA, said. "We want to avoid there being any cliff edge but the government must be aware that in the medium to long term we will still need considerable numbers of EU workers, who have contributed so much to our industry and the UK economy in general."