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Work and Pensions Committee reports on economic inactivity

The Work and Pensions Committee’s new report into addressing economic activity recommends a number of measures, including devolving the delivery of support to local authorities and producing a hiring guide to encourage flexible working.

UKHospitality Chief Executive Kate Nicholls said: “The Work and Pensions Committee’s comprehensive report highlights several areas where hospitality can help get people back into work.

“The variety hospitality offers and the flexible nature of hours available means the sector is perfectly suited to helping older people back into the workforce or supporting those who have accessibility requirements. Providing businesses with more information to support and enhance hiring processes, in addition to industry-produced guides like our recruiting over 50s guide, is a welcome recommendation.

Giving more powers to local authorities to meet local vacancy needs is crucial and something the sector would support, particularly as the needs of a restaurant in London will differ significantly from a hotel in Cumbria. Working with local hospitality businesses is crucial to making that a success.

“UKHospitality is already working extensively with the Department for Work and Pensions through its promotion of JobCentrePlus and a proposed new ‘boot camp’ scheme for hospitality to ensure the sector is doing all it can to offer people fantastic career opportunities.”