Immigration demands to fulfill the shortage of Indian chefs.
The crisis of labour shortages has been frequently attached with countries like Australia and Canada, with the Australian immigration officials successfully introducing the skilled migration visa in order to get the immigrants with skills matching flagging industries.
However, keeping aside Australia and Canada, it seems that the UK may need to take some lessons from the Australian Immigration and Citizenship Department as reports show that there has been a rapid decline in the number of Indian Chefs.
The Indian restaurant industry is a 3.2 billion pound market and has been witnessing steady annual growth. Keeping this in mind, a shortage of chefs could spell disaster for an industry that in a time of economical worry is actually not only managing to survive but also showing steady growth.
The ailing UK immigration laws is been mentioned as the main reason for these shortages. Industry professionals say that ever since the abolishment of the HSMP visa and the introduction of the new immigration system that is based on Tier1 points, restaurants have been consistently struggling to overcome the shortage of Indian chefs as they are no longer willing to work in the UK.
This system also burdens British businesses such as Indian restaurants with greater responsibility and more accountability with sponsors guarantying that they act in accordance with the requirements for sponsoring non-EU citizens and continue to do so.
Due to the changes in the immigration laws, low skilled Indian chefs are finding it harder to obtain visas to acquire positions within restaurants.