Hospitality industry promises 300,000 new jobs amid protests

The British Hospitality Association (BHA) has promised more than 300,000 jobs by 2020, as protestors campaign for fairer pay in the industry.

300,000 new hospitality jobs promised as protesters gather
300,000 new hospitality jobs promised as protesters gather

Members of the Unite union are planning a demonstration outside a summit in London on hospitality today (11 June), urging firms in the industry to pay at least £1 an hour more than the national minimum wage.

The protest comes as a BHA report claims that, with the right regulatory framework, there is the potential to create a further 300,000 jobs in hospitality and tourism, taking the total to 2.97m jobs by 2020.

Prime Minister David Cameron stated in August 2010 that he wanted to see Britain in the top five destinations in the world in terms of inbound tourism revenues on the back of the Olympic Games.

According to the research set out in the new BHA report, the hospitality industry generated 153,000 new jobs from 2010 to 2012, accounting for 27.7% of all new jobs created in the UK over this period. Now responsible for 2.68m jobs, hospitality is Britain’s fourth largest industry.

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