How will Brexit impact recruitment?

How will Brexit affect hiring within the catering industry?

Recruitment challenges within the catering industry may be approaching an all-time high. This is because of a range of factors. One being the current political landscape of the UK – and yes I mean Brexit. We’re all tired of hearing about it, but the truth is it’s very likely that this ongoing state of uncertainty will have far reaching implications on the recruitment industry.

We have already seen how the prolonged negotiations and uncertainty has impacted large corporations. Some of who have already began the process of moving their businesses elsewhere, but this year we may witness another implication of Brexit. That being a shortage in the talent available to employers within the catering industry.

Britain is currently in a state of disequilibrium, British citizens are skeptical of what the future looks like and this is the same for foreign nationals – who once would have welcomed the opportunity to travel to the UK to seek employment.

The catering industry is reliant on such individuals, as a large portion of its workforce is made up of EU citizens – who bring a range of benefits to the catering sector. This is especially true in relation to chefs, in which their years of expertise in a particular European cuisine is a sought after characteristic by many employers.

With our politicians struggling to get a grasp of Brexit, skilled workers and top quality chefs are likely to stay clear of the UK. As alternative countries within Europe can provide the stability and security that these workers need to support their families.

The result of this being a shortage in the talent available to employers, business owners may begin to struggle to fill vacancies which once upon of time would have been easy to fill.

Furthermore, from the 1st July 2021, EU citizens and their family members are required to hold or have applied for UK immigration status to legally work in the UK. This new status could present a challenge for hiring managers, who will need to adapt in order to comply with new immigration laws. This new status will require UK businesses to allot more time and resources to bring EU nationals to work in the UK for the first time.

In light of this all, businesses may wish to protect themselves against the possibility of losing employees who are EU citizens. They can do so by ensuring that employees are aware of their eligibility to apply for British citizenship or settled status before Britain leaves the EU and communicate the specific details and urgency of registering for settled status.

In addition, businesses within the catering industry should attempt to increase their reach with the UK’s existing talent pools. To ensure that they have an ongoing pipeline of candidates, alternatively they may seek outside assistance to fill their vacancies.