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UKinbound welcomes PM's commitment to EU nationals

In a survey, more than a third of respondents said EU migrants make up more than half of their workforce

Pictured: UKinbound chief executive Deirdre Wells

UKinbound has welcomed the Government’s latest commitment to EU nationals after the UK leaves the European Union, as the success of the tourism industry relies heavily on employees from the EU.

In a recent survey conducted by the travel trade association, 92 per cent of respondents stated they employ EU nationals - with more than a third of respondents stating EU migrants currently made up more than half of their workforce.

UKinbound members cited language skills, customer service skills and specific country knowledge as the main benefits of employing EU nationals, with 81 per cent stating that insufficient skills such as a foreign language and experience were the key barriers to employing UK nationals.

Members also reported that more than 20 per cent of their EU national employees have already left the UK because of the long-term uncertainty over their status and almost half of respondents stated that they are having difficulties recruiting EU staff because of Brexit.

UKinbound’s chief executive officer, Deirdre Wells OBE, said, “A skilled workforce that provides a warm welcome to guests, excellent customer service and cultural understanding is the backbone of our industry, and our members need the ability to seamlessly recruit UK and EU nationals that provide these skills in the long term.

“We welcome the prime minister’s reassuring words about the future status of EU nationals in her speech on Friday but further detail is needed as soon as possible if we are to retain and recruit employees. Our successful industry relies heavily on EU nationals and we will keep raising our concerns with Government on behalf of our members who are very worried about the future of their businesses.”

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