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Who Needs Migrant Workers?Labour shortages, immigration, and public policy$
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Martin Ruhs and Bridget Anderson

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199580590

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199580590.001.0001

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

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

(p.159) 6 The Use of Migrant Labour in the Hospitality Sector: Current and Future Implications
Who Needs Migrant Workers?

Rosemary Lucas

Steve Mansfield

Oxford University Press

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

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