One of the major concerns for the hospitality sector post-Brexit is the potential impact on the workforce. Historically, the industry has heavily relied on workers from other EU countries to fill essential roles, such as chefs, waiters, and hotel personnel. The free movement of labour allowed hospitality businesses to access a diverse talent pool from across the EU. However, with the implementation of Brexit, the ease of hiring EU nationals has been curtailed and the sector has not been classified as skilled labour, leading to labour shortages in the industry.
The end of free movement has made it challenging for UK hospitality businesses to recruit skilled workers, and many have reported difficulties in finding suitable replacements for the EU workers who have left since the Brexit referendum. Moreover, the uncertainty surrounding the settlement status of EU nationals already working in the UK has added to the industry’s challenges. As a result, the hospitality sector faces the risk of labour shortages resulting in increased labour costs, which could have detrimental effects on service quality and operational efficiency.