Curry Sector Faces Worker Shortage

By Claire Miller

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New immigration restrictions could have a serious impact on the UKs curry houses as government restricts access to low-skilled workers from Bangladesh.

NEW immigration restrictions could have serious impact on British curry houses.

The government is introducing new laws effecting low-skilled immigrants from entering the country, according to a report in the Guardian this morning, and it’s affecting the inflow of Bangladeshi’s who work in around 9,000 UK curry houses.

The Immigration Advisory Service has warned that there could be serious implications on the industry.

Keith Best, chief executive of the Immigration Advisory Service, is quoted as saying in the Guardian: "Despite many meetings with the immigration minister, who states that he understands the plight of this important industry to the UK, nothing is being done to improve the situation.”

There is a fear that, should the government impose these restrictions, the majority of jobs in the industry would end up going to eastern European workers rather than those with a background in, and understanding of, curry.

The rising cost of rice is also causing headaches for the curry industry, with typical price rises of around 60 per cent in just a year meaning the cost of dishes at restaurants will inevitably have to be increased.

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