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UK hotels and restaurants 'can provide 300,000 new jobs'

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UK hotels and restaurants have the potential to create 300,000 new jobs, according to the British Hospitality Association (BHA).

The organisation has released its 'The Agenda for 300,000 New Jobs' report, which details how the hospitality sector is driving employment in Britain. It claims that a significant number of new jobs will be available in the sector by 2020, if the government and industry work together.

The BHA's research found that hospitality and tourism now accounts for over ten per cent of the UK’s workforce. The sector is the fourth largest employing industry in the UK and is demonstrating a level of growth that is significantly outpacing the rest of the economy.

More than a quarter of all new jobs created since 2010 were generated by hotels, restaurants and catering, with many of these filled by young people aged between 18 and 24.

Scotland and Wales have the highest amount of people employed in the industry, accounting for 9.2 per cent of people in employment in both countries.

Commenting on the report, Ufi Ibrahim, the BHA chief executive, said: “We present a clear choice for the government and the hospitality industry. Either we are content with a ‘steady as she goes’ approach or we jointly pilot a path for a more ambitious strategy."

"If we do something about this now then the prize is considerable - 300,000 new jobs in Britain,” he added.

Deputy prime minister Nick Clegg said he welcomed the ambition shown by the BHA and described the hospitality sector as "world-beating" and "one of many jewels in our crown".

He commented: "Through tough economic times, the industry has stood firm, creating thousands of new jobs and bringing vital tourism to the UK."

The upturn in hospitality employment predicted by the BHA will be welcomed by commercial catering equipment suppliers, who will be well positioned to take advantage of opportunities presented by the opening of new restaurants and hotels. ADNFCR-16001031-ID-801555166-ADNFCR

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