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British Takeaway Campaign responds to quarterly migration statistics

The British Takeaway Campaign, an umbrella group representing those involved in the supply and preparation of the nationís 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.

"Thatís 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 Ė 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.Ē

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 Ė 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.

Story By: British Takeaway Campaign

Date : 22-02-2018
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