UK is most desirable place to work in hospitality despite Brexit effect

George Sell By George Sell
20 November 2018 | Updated 20 November 2018

UK: A survey of 21,000 hospitality workers across the EU has found that the UK ranks as the most desirable place to work despite Brexit.

The research, from Caterer.com, found that the UK hospitality sector is under strain as Brexit uncertainty continues, but 16 per cent of workers cited the UK as the most desirable country to work, followed by Switzerland and Germany (both 14 per cent).

Almost a quarter (24 per cent) have more than ten nationalities in the workforce at their place of employment.

The hospitality sector provides jobs to seven per cent of the working population (2.9 million workers), however UK employers will need to compete for talent against global opportunities more than ever post-Brexit. More than 85 per cent of respondents said they are likely or very likely to consider working in another country, with the main motivations for moving being new challenges abroad (19 per cent) and experiencing new cultures (13 per cent).

Neil Pattison, director at Caterer.com, said, "The UK offers some of the most diverse roles in the sector with an abundance of opportunities to grow and learn for workers to put down roots long-term. To remain competitive, employers need to consider how supporting candidates through the relocation process and beyond will attract employees. Long term benefits of training and investment and showcasing the new experiences on offer to candidates will allow them to stand out from other global opportunities."
 
He added: "More than half of those polled (53 per cent) said they want to work abroad for as long as possible, which shows that working to attract talent to the UK hospitality sector will pay dividends in the long run."


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