Could the Shortage of Skilled Workers Threaten Your Takeaway Business?

Posted 07/08/17

The British Takeaway Campaign published research showing that the UK’s appetite for local takeaway restaurants continues to thrive as it contributed £4.5 billion to economic output last year and employs over 230,000 workers.1 However the growing success of the industry is being threatened by a shortage of skilled workers.

Graham Corfield, managing director at Just Eat, which co-founded the campaign said: “Everyone loves their local takeaway, but few would realise these small, often family-run businesses, are behind so much of the UK’s economic growth.2

Via the 2017 Confederation of British Industry (CBI)/Pearson Education and Skills Survey,3 the CBI voiced concerns from business owners and highlighted businesses are worried about the lack of skilled candidates with appropriate qualifications as a concern for growth. The survey of 322 businesses found that half highlighted a lack of candidates with appropriate qualifications as an issue when recruiting employees. The survey also highlighted that 75% of businesses expect to increase the number of high-skilled roles over the coming years, but 61% fear that there will be a lack of sufficiently skilled people to fill them.

Josh Hardie, the CBI's deputy director general, said: "Skills have to be the beating heart of the UK's industrial strategy ‒ it's the best growth strategy a country can have.”

According to the campaign, the skills shortage coupled with rising inflation and business rates could be a real concern for the growth of local businesses.

Restaurateur Ibrahim Dogus, who chairs the campaign, stated: “The takeaway industry has transformed the high street and the British palate – from fish and chips to the latest fusion food. Takeaways up and down the country contribute billions to growth and are behind thousands of jobs. But many are being hamstrung by skills shortages, rising food and wage costs, as well as business rates. We want to get more young British people fired up about working in this exciting industry by ensuring they get the right training to build successful careers in the sector.”1

The campaign is calling on the Government to overhaul business rates, make sure that the immigration system continues to enable firms to have access to qualified staff and address the skills shortages on popular cuisines such as curry and Chinese. 

 

1 http://www.express.co.uk/finance/city/826856/Takeaway-restaurants-threat-worker-shortage-inflation-business

2 https://www.eveningexpress.co.uk/pipe/news/business/sizzling-takeaways-sector-threatened-by-skilled-workers-shortage/

3 http://workplaceinsight.net/majority-of-employers-fear-a-lack-of-skilled-staff-to-fulfill-increased-need-for-talent/

http://www.cbi.org.uk/

http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/firms-on-the-hunt-for-skilled-staff-face-shortages-1-8640022

http://www.aol.co.uk/news/2017/07/09/firms-voice-fears-over-skilled-workers-shortage/

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