The newly-formed Betting and Gaming Council has rung the alarm bell about what they say is likely to be a massive shortage of trained casino staff once new immigration laws go into effect next January.
A new report produced by the betting and casino trade’s new conglomerate association has laid out some stark facts for government: asserting that approximately seven out of ten of the UK’s casino croupiers are currently non- UK citizens who are likely to fall short of the Home Office’s newly-proposed, points-based immigration system, due to come into effect on New Years Day next year.
“Casinos employ over 14,000 people, indirectly support another 4,000 jobs across the UK and contribute over £300 million in tax revenue every year,” argued BGC chief executive Michael Dugher. “While we are determined to grow the number of UK croupiers through the NVQ in Gaming Operations available at many colleges and through the [world-class] Nottingham Casino Academy, we need the ability to employ the best from around the world. Using arbitrary skills or salary requirements will damage highly successful parts of the UK economy.”
The BGC has confirmed that it will now lobby the government for a sector exemption for casinos when it comes to the issuing of new work visas, something which the government has already consented to for other parts of the economy.