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.

  • Employers, job centres and trade bodies join forces to launch Hospitality Works 2019

    14 February 2019

    The annual Hospitality Works campaign has today launched for 2019, promoting hospitality as a sector where jobseekers can find gainful employment and a successful career. With the support of national hospitality employers, the campaign will be led by the Department for Work and Pensions, The Springboard Charity, UKHospitality and the British Beer and Pub Association. It will showcase the great career opportunities available across the hospitality sector, which currently faces a skills shortage. Hospitality Works 2019 will centre around two ‘Big Bash Events’ held in Manchester and Leeds. The Leeds ‘Big Bash’ event will kick off on 20th of February and the Manchester ‘Big Bash’ event will take place on 8th of March. Both events will provide opportunities for a range of employers to meet with their local Job Centre Plus and potential future employees. The Hospitality Works campaign has created in excess of 8,000 work placements since its conception in 2015. With the set-piece ‘Big Bash’ events and countless other events around the country planned, a record number of jobseekers are expected to find themselves a career in hospitality this year thanks to the campaign. Springboard’s Chief Executive Anne Pierce CBE commented: “In an industry where skills shortages continue to be challenging and labour shortages heading rapidly to crisis point, there is an acute need to take positive action to attract more people from the UK into the hospitality industry and fill the growing number of vacancies – particularly in the cities. This is why Springboard will be, once again, joining DWP as a major partner in Hospitality Works, rallying our industry partners, ambassadors and delivery teams to engage, inspire and influence jobseekers to join our fantastic industry, through a range of national and local inspirational activities and events in partnership with job centres in every region of the country.” Brigid Simmonds, Chief Executive of the British Beer and Pub Association commented: “The BBPA are delighted to once again support the Hospitality Works campaign. Our industry needs to do more to recruit UK citizens to our workforce whether behind the bar or in our kitchens, as pub chefs, or wider roles within the team. I am pleased our members are taking part in this important campaign up and down the country, working with Job Centres and potential employees. “Campaigns such as Hospitality Works do a great job of promoting the huge variety of career options which the hospitality sector can provide, enabling those looking for work to embark on an exciting and rewarding career.” Hospitality Works 2019 will also be supported by some of the biggest employers in the industry including Marston’s, McDonalds, Hilton, Ei Group, Caffé Nero, Bourne Leisure and Yo! Sushi. They’ll be taking part through visiting schools, holding events at job centres and welcoming jobseekers into their businesses for a taste of hospitality and to understand what opportunities are available to them within the sector. If you want to participate as a business/employer, please email hospitality.works@dwp.gsi.gov.uk or follow the #JobsWithASmile hashtag on social media.

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  • Scrapping of settled status fee a big boost for pubs, says BBPA

    21 January 2019

    The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has today welcomed the Prime Minister’s decision to scrap the settled status fee. The fee had meant that EU citizens would be charged £65 to claim settled status after the UK leaves the European Union, with an additional charge of £32.50 for any dependents. Analysis by the BBPA suggests that 71,000 EU nationals working in pubs will benefit from the settled status fee being scrapped, saving £4.6 million in total for those employed by the pub sector. The decision will also reduce unnecessary paperwork for publicans across the UK, the majority of which operate as small businesses. Some pub businesses had offered to pay the settled status fee for their EU staff, prior to the Prime Ministers decision to scrap it. Brigid Simmonds, Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, comments: “The Prime Minister’s decision to scrap the settled status fee for EU nationals is a big boost for Britain’s pubs and their workforce. As many as 71,000 EU nationals will benefit from the decision, saving around £4.6 million in total. “The vast majority of pubs operate as small businesses, so the scrapping of the settled status fee will be of huge relief to those publicans who faced unnecessary admin and knock on costs from it. “Brewers and pubs employ as much as 24% of their workforce from overseas, rising to 40% in metropolitan areas and in some roles, such as kitchen staff, up to 80%. Already, companies have seen the number of EU workers in our sector decline. As a result, many companies were prepared to pay the cost of settled status for their colleagues who had committed to staying. This is a good decision and supports vital employees in pubs and across the hospitality sector. “This decision shows that the Government has been listening to the concerns of the beer and pub sector as well as the wider business community.”

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