The UK hospitality industry would need to recruit an additional 60,000 workers if a hard Brexit means an end to European freedom of movement, according to a report by KPMG for hospitality association BHA.
Consequences of leaving the EU for the UK hospitality industry, evidence based HR and the cyber threat are other key topics to be examined at HOSPACE2017 Conference and Exhibition on 2 November in London.
Sally Beck, GM of HOSPACE2017 host venue, Royal Lancaster London, will also be interviewed by Hotel Analyst editor and co-owner Andrew Sangster.
HOSPA is an organisation for hospitality professionals involved in Financial Management, Revenue Management, Marketing and IT.
Speakers at the event include John Guthrie, employment policy advisor at the British Hospitality Association (BHA); Martine Ainsworth-Wells, head of destination engagement, ETOA (European Tour Operators Association); Jeremy Robinson, partner, Watson Farley Williams; and Mark Essex, director, Public Policy, KPMG.
“We are delighted to welcome back the excellent Brexit panel, who proved so popular with our delegates at HOSPACE2016,” said HOSPA chief executive Jane Pendlebury. “This year, we are especially pleased that John Guthrie will be providing a special introduction to the Brexit discussion. As an industry, we owe a great debt to the BHA for its excellent work in looking after our interests and lobbying the government on our behalf.”
For his part, Guthrie stated: “The BHA has spearheaded the industry’s efforts to persuade the government that a ‘cliff-edge’ scenario – where ‘freedom of movement’ ends and no successor system put in its place – would be catastrophic for Britain’s hospitality industry.
“The BHA commissioned KPMG to research this issue and their conclusion was that, in such a scenario, the industry would need to recruit around an additional 60,000 employees. At a time of very low unemployment and a declining number of new entrants to the labour market, this is unrealistic. We have been campaigning for a post-Brexit immigration system that continues to allow for the recruitment of service workers, while building in a gradual year-by-year increase in the recruitment of UK workers as we promote the sector as a career of choice.”
The event’s grand finale Gala Awards Dinner will see former rugby union England international Nick Easter as a guest speaker.