The Use of Migrant Labour in the Hospitality Sector: Current and Future Implications

Rosemary Lucas and Steve Mansfield

in Who Needs Migrant Workers?

Published in print August 2010 | ISBN: 9780199580590
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191595257 | DOI:
The Use of Migrant Labour in the Hospitality Sector: Current and Future Implications

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Within the hospitality sector, the workforce is characterized by a reliance on particular segments of workers that are associated with being marginalized. This chapter focuses on migrant workers who continue to play an important role in allowing employers to manage fluctuating demand, whilst minimizing costs in what can only be described as a very diverse sector. What becomes apparent is that despite numerous initiatives having been directed at hospitality employers over the past few decades in periods of growth and recession, embedded employment patterns and problems have remained. Any change from this scenario would necessitate a major paradigm shift in management philosophy and would require employers to reassess the reasoning behind their demand for particular sectors of the labour market and their stereotypical assumptions of the labour supply available to them.

Keywords: migrant workers; hospitality sector; employer demand; recessionary impacts; skill shortages

Chapter.  12665 words. 

Subjects: Economic Development and Growth

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