Recruitment industry give their backing to bank holiday proposals.
Recruitment industry give their backing to bank holiday proposals
The UKs leading hospitality and leisure recruiter Berkeley Scott have cautiously welcomed the announcement that the May bank holiday could be moved to later in the year.
Commenting on the proposals, Mark Darby managing director said "we welcome anything that boosts the hospitality industry and are very pleased that the government are undertaking promises made last year. If the desired outcome of boosting jobs is achieved this would be of significant benefit not just to hospitality but also the economy."
However Darby did send out a warning "we must be mindful of how this will impact on all sectors within hospitality, for example city centre restaurants and food retail outlets often suffer when there is a bank holiday and people take a week away from work. Contract caterers may also be hit as trade from business such as financial institutions will be impacted there are fewer people at work and therefore less customers/demand. This is just one example where tourism and hospitality is not necessarily the same thing. The government must be careful to fully work out the proposals"
However, overall Berkeley Scott are keen to see a change to an October bank holiday. "If the tourism season is extended it closes the gap for the temporary work force who often experience lower demand from the end of summer until Christmas. If it could be tied in to school bank holidays also, then any concerns are heavily reduced" explains Darby.