British Takeaway Campaign responds to Quarterly Migration Report

The British Takeaway Campaign, an umbrella group representing those involved in the supply and preparation of the nation’s favourite foods, today (Monday) commented on the Quarterly Migration Report, which shows a fall in EU net migration

Responding to the latest migration figures, Ibrahim Dogus, Chair of the British Takeaway Campaign, said:

“From speaking to takeaway restaurants across different cuisines up and down the country, we know that the sector is suffering from severe skills shortages. Today’s statistics, showing a further drop in EU net migration, reinforce what we are seeing on the ground – that takeaway restaurants are struggling to recruit the skills they need to support their business.

“With over a third of takeaway restaurants experiencing skills shortages, particularly for chefs in specialist cuisines, and more than a third saying Brexit will make it more difficult to recruit staff, it’s vital that the immigration system enables the sector to access the skills it needs from both inside and outside the EU.

“That’s why the British Takeaway Campaign is calling for the development of a long-term immigration system that does not discriminate between EU and non-EU migrants, and instead prioritises areas of skills shortage – helping to support thousands of takeaway restaurants. We are also urging the Government to address the absurd anomaly in the Shortage Occupation List, which allows for the recruitment of specialist chefs for restaurants, but, bizarrely, not for those working in takeaways. This needs to go hand in hand with investment in high-quality vocational training in order to build a pipeline of home grown talent, which it is why it is critical the new Catering and Hospitality Technical Level is designed in collaboration with industry.”

The measures the BTC is calling for include:

An immigration system that does not discriminate between EU and non-EU migrants.

A fairer immigration system based not on country of origin or skill level, but upon areas of skills shortage.

An amendment of the Shortage Occupation List (SOL), a list of occupations for which there are not enough British workers to fill vacancies, to make it fairer and more functional.

The British Takeaway Campaign (BTC) is an umbrella group, championing those involved in the supply and preparation of takeaway food. The group brings together 15 organisations representing the breadth of the industry, from curry and kebab houses to fish and chip shops, Chinese restaurants and pizzerias.

According to independent research by the BTC, the takeaway sector supports 231,000 jobs and takeaways themselves directly contributed £4.5bn in gross value added (GVA) contributions to UK GDP in 2016, rising to £9.4 billion when factoring in the multiplier effect of supply-chain and employee spending – equivalent to 0.5% of GDP.

The BTC’s members are:

Just Eat

British Kebab Awards

Foodservice Packaging Association

K10 Restaurants

Curry Life Magazine

QuickBite Magazine

Night Time Industries Association

UK Bangladesh Catalysts of Commerce & Industry

National Federation of Fish Friers

Bangladesh Caterers Association

Nationwide Caterers Association

SeeWoo UK

Catering Equipment Suppliers Association

Westmill Foods


The BTC also works in collaboration with the Pizza, Pasta and Italian Food Association.

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