Published on : Wednesday, July 11, 2018
The minister informed that those assembled at the Grand Connaught Rooms in London that the government had taken measures like granting EU workers in the UK and those visiting in the transition period, a right to apply for settled status.
Also, he urged the operators to work in order to change perceptions related to the employability of the sector.
Ellis informed that those gathered that challenges could be contradicted by investing in the workforce – mainly those in lower paid positions before adding: “The perception held by too many young people is that it’s not a long-term career, we want to remove from people these erroneous impressions.”
Ellis had previously commended the hospitality sector for delivering “phenomenal economic success” and keeping the UK positioned as one of the best tourist destinations in the world.
He explained that he took the concerns of the industry “extremely seriously” adding: “I appreciate how many of you have EU nationals working in your companies who are concerned. I hope you feel the work government is doing can go some way to alleviate those concerns.”
The speech of Ellis to the conference was followed by a leaders’ perspective panel, during which Steve Richards, chief executive of the Casual Dining Group (CDG), said operators were receiving “mixed messages” and called for clarity from government.
On the panel, all those included Peter Gowers, chief executive of Travelodge; Peter Marks, chief executive of the Deltic Group; and Dermot King, managing director of Butlins, considered that more should be done to display the sector as a career opportunity offering growth and well-paid positions.