The Taylor Review released this week had several recommendations which will affect tourism businesses, including those around zero hour contracts and longer-term agency workers and changes to the National Minimum Wage.

The hospitality industry has generally welcomed the government’s recognition of flexible working for both employers and employees, and while Matthew Taylor said he did not want to ban zero hours contracts completely, he looks to improve the rights of those working without the security of full contracts.

The hope is that future developments around the NMW and codes of practice around contracts should be informed and led by those with expert knowledge and experience and not just imposed by politicians.

Hospitality and tourism is the fourth largest UK industry currently employing 4.6 million people, and plans are in hand to encourage more UK workers to consider the industry as a career of choice, with the likelihood of over 500,000 jobs by 2022.

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