Hospitality bosses have revealed which roles they fear will be hit hardest by a hard Brexit.
Some 79% of managers are confident that the UK has the workforce available to fill any future shortfalls, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be turbulence if the UK bombs out of the EU without a deal on 31 October.
And according to senior figures polled by e-learning provider High Speed Training, front-of-house areas such as waiting staff (80%) and bartenders and baristas (64%) are the most likely to be impacted by a no-deal outcome.
Hosts (48%) and hotel concierges (34%) were named as other roles at risk of staff shortages, followed by chefs (26%), restaurant managers (17%) and hotel managers (10%).
The research was shared by online training provider High Speed Training as the UK yesterday marked National Waiters’ Day, the brainchild of First Dates’ Fred Sirieix.
It plans to launch a report entitled ‘Preserving the “Art of Hospitality”: Championing the Industry for Post-Brexit Survival’.
The findings will draw upon extensive research among both UK hospitality business owners and the public, making valuable recommendations on how businesses can successfully recruit and retain more staff post-Brexit.
Dr Richard Anderson, head of content production at High Speed Training, said: “As a ‘hard’ Brexit is expected to hurtle Britain into unknown territory, hospitality managers should take appropriate action to protect their workforce so that we can continue to be proud of the exceptional service that we provide and are renowned for.”
The seven hospitality roles most at risk of staff shortages as a result of Brexit:
- Waiter / Waitress (80%)
- Bartender / Barista (64%)
- Host (48%)
- Hotel concierge (34%)
- Chef (26%)
- Restaurant manager (17%)
- Hotel manager (10%)