The British Takeaway Campaign (BTC), an umbrella group representing companies involved in the supply and preparation of takeaway food, has called for a fairer immigration system that will focus on areas of skills shortages.
This measure is in response to the Quarterly Migration Report, which shows a drop in EU net migration.
BTC chair Ibrahim Dogus said: “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.”
BTC is also urging the government to implement certain measures such as an immigration system between EU and non-EU migrants.
BTC brings together 15 organisations representing the takeaway restaurant industry, from curry and kebab houses to fish and chip shops, Chinese restaurants and pizzerias.