How will the proposed new immigration policies affect the hospitality sector?
UKHospitality and the independent research organisation NIESR are holding a joint event on post-Brexit immigration policy. The event will be an important opportunity for executives and senior managers who have responsibility for talent acquisition and retention.
The Government’s plans for post-Brexit immigration policy are currently being drawn up. The White Paper was published in December and includes proposals to place tight limits on ‘lower skilled’ immigration. If passed, this is likely to present particular challenges for the hospitality sector, parts of which employ significant numbers of EU migrants. At the same time, employers consistently say they would like to attract more British applicants, and the new post –Brexit immigration policy is likely to make this more urgent.
This joint UKHospitality and NIESR event will be at NIESR’s office in Westminster on 7th March 2019. The event is intended for employers and representative organisations in the hospitality sector as well as policy makers from across Whitehall. You’ll hear from a series of industry experts who will give an overview of the immigration policy proposals and implications for the sector. You’ll also have the chance to take part in a round-table discussion where you’ll be able to consider, and feedback on, what the proposals could mean for your business.
Following the event, NIESR will produce a short paper summarising views and recommendations for the shaping of new immigration policy. To ensure a free and frank discussion no employers or other participants will be identified in the paper.
ARRIVAL AND BREAKFAST
PART 1: EU IMMIGRATION IN THE HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY
· Heather Rolfe, NIESR - Welcome and Introduction
· Kate Nicholls, CEO UKHospitality - A view from the hospitality sector
· Ian Robinson, Fragomen LLP - Implications of new policy for businesses and the Home Office
PART 2: ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION
· What has been the impact of preparations for Brexit on recruitment and retention?
· Which areas of the business and sections of the workforce will be most affected?
· Do the immigration proposals present any new opportunities for the sector?
· What are the opportunities for increasing levels of recruitment from within the UK?
· What alternative policies might work better for the sector?
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