Pub people

This section offers guidance to licensees on how to manage their pub staff, including advice on pensions, national minimum wage, working times, accommodation guidance, as well as general guidance for licensees on running a pub.

  • BBPA comments on Conservative Party pledge for a points-based immigration system

    08 November 2019

    The British Beer & Pub Association, the leading trade association representing Britain’s Brewers and pubs, has today commented on a pledge from the Conservative Party to introduce a points-based system for non-EU migrants. As part of their commitment for a points-based immigration system, the Conservative Party has said that visa applications to the UK will be ranked by education, language skills and work experience, rather than UK employer demands. Andy Tighe, Policy Director of the British Beer & Pub Association, said: “The pub sector is working hard to attract more UK nationals to work in our industry, which the Tourism Sector Deal helps to achieve. However, our members across the UK employ 17% of their workforce from overseas, rising to 40% in metropolitan areas. For chefs and kitchen staff, 80% are from abroad.[1] “Pubs are facing a serious skills shortage and clearly need access to talent from abroad. It is vital then that any post-Brexit, points-based immigration system recognises this.” [1] BBPA data from a survey of BBPA members

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  • BBPA responds to UKinbound immigration report

    11 October 2019

    The BBPA has today responded to research published by UKinbound, which shows the Government’s proposed post-Brexit immigration system will have a detrimental impact on pubs. The research stated 70% of pubs are likely to experience a significant skill shortage if a £30,000 salary threshold is introduced for EU workers. Pubs are already facing a skills shortage and a survey of BBPA members across the UK showed that brewing and pubs employ 17% of their workforce from overseas, but this rises to 40% in metropolitan areas and in some areas such as kitchen staff, up to 80%. The BBPA has previously called for a review of the £30,000 threshold for migrant workers. This review needs to recognise that the current average chef salary is lower than £30,000. Furthermore, the BBPA have also previously called on the Migration Advisory Committee to extend the Shortage Occupation List to include chef-de-partie and kitchen porter roles. The BBPA have also previously asked the Government to set lower salary threshold, less than £30,000 for Tier 2 migrant workers, which the BBPA argues will help the pub sector recruit the chefs. The BBPA has also welcomed the proposal from UKinbound of quarterly independent reviews to ensure tourism sectors are not adversely affected to changes in immigration policy. Andy Tighe, Policy Director at the British Beer & Pub Association, said: “This research clearly shows why UK pubs are right to be concerned about the impact of a £30,000 salary threshold for EU workers. The pub sector is working hard to attract more UK nationals to work in our industry, which the Tourism Sector Deal helps to achieve. However, it is vital that a post-Brexit migration system works for Britain’s pubs.”

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