16,000 new hospitality jobs created by beer cuts

Consecutive cuts on beer duty have helped to create around 16,000 new jobs in hospitality and catering, it has been claimed.
 
The government has reduced the tax by one penny in each of the past two years, which has helped to get more people into pubs and create new jobs, according to the new Cheers for 2014 report from the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA), the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) and the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA).
 
It suggested that the benefits had come at “very little cost” to the government and that beer sales had been boosted by more than 500 million pints as a result.
 
This helped to channel an extra £44 million in capital investment into the sector, with 16,000 more people expected to be working in pub and hospitality jobs by the end of next year compared to if the tax had risen as planned.
 
The report also suggested that the cut had led to increased optimism in the sector, with more than three quarters of all brewers and pub operators saying they planned to launch new products following the Budget in March 2014. Over 90 per cent of companies in the wider supply chain and economy also said they intended to increase their UK investments.
 
Commenting on the report, Brigid Simmonds, BBPA’s Chief Executive, said: “The Cheers report contains really good news, on jobs, on pubs, and on investment in our industry. I hope this boost for our sector results in further action on beer duty in the March Budget. A hat-trick would do very nicely!”
 
Thousands of hospitality and catering jobs were also recently created for young people in an announcement by the Big Hospitality Association. At an event in London last week, the association said that 6,000 new roles would be made available for people aged between 16 and 24.
 
It said that around 300,000 new jobs will need to be introduced in the sector by the end of the decade in order to keep up with demand, with 60,000 of these set to be given to young candidates.
 
By Owen Mckeon
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