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: Government immigration plans will provide huge challenge for pubs

    19 February 2020

    The British Beer & Pub Association has responded to the Government’s announcement of a new points-based immigration system today. The new system will assign points for specific skills, qualifications, salaries or professions and visas will only be awarded to those who gain enough points. There will be no specific route for lower-skilled workers although the Youth Mobility Scheme will be continued. Skilled workers will need to meet a number of relevant criteria, including specific skills and the ability to speak English, to be able to work in the UK. All applicants will be required to have a job offer and, in line with the Migration Advisory Committee's (MAC) recommendations, meet a minimum salary threshold. Commenting on the new points-based immigration system, Emma McClarkin, Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, said: “The new points-based immigration system will present significant challenges for our sector. Many pubs rely on workers from overseas, so it is hard to see how they will cope with such fundamental changes coming into effect in just ten months. Pubs will especially struggle with the costs and complexities of becoming a sponsoring employer in order to take on staff from outside the UK. “The new points-based system should recognise the staff shortages our sector faces, therefore enabling talent coming to the UK to work in pubs by making up points elsewhere. We will continue to press our case with the Government to ensure they understand this need, so that the pub and hospitality sectors continue to thrive. We believe it is crucial that, for example, the Youth Mobility Scheme is now expanded to help facilitate this.”

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  • BBPA welcomes extended pub hours for VE Day 75

    13 February 2020

    The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has welcomed the announcement that pubs in England and Wales will be able to open for longer to mark the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day (VE Day 75). The announcement comes after the BBPA led a campaign, including meetings with Home Office officials and letters to the Home Secretary, calling on the Government to extend pub hours for the national celebration. Extended pub hours for previous national occasions the BBPA has campaigned for include the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the most recent football World Cup, and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Andrew Tighe, Policy Director for the British Beer & Pub Association, comments: “VE Day 75 will be a wonderful opportunity for the nation to come together at the heart of the local community, the great British pub. “It is great to see the Government listen to our calls to relax licensing hours for pubs on this special occasion. It will be warmly welcomed by all of those celebrating VE Day 75 to remember the people who gave so much during the war.”

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