Thursday 12 October, 2017

Save the Seasonaire survey results

Results of our 'Save the Seaonaire' survey will alert the government to the importance of the Posted Workers Directive or a similar arrangement after Brexit.


The recent industry-wide survey was spearheaded by MPI in association with the trade bodies ABTA, AITO, BIBA and the ITT.

It showed that hundreds of British companies could face problems if current employment practices are disrupted when the UK leaves the EU.

It also showed that under the Directive, UK firms currently post over 16,500 employees to EU countries as seasonaires with UK employment contracts. We believe the real number is nearer 20,000.

We had a good response from large companies and it is the view of the industry that approxinately 70% completed it.

If the provisions of the Directive are lost, there could be a major impact on UK businesses operating in the EU, such as chalet companies, nanny agencies, ski schools, pubs, bars, and even physiotherapy practices.

MPI says: “We and the other trade bodies will present the facts to the Department for Exiting the EU and encourage them to negotiate maintaining the status quo on the Directive.

“More than 5,500 firms and individuals were invited to take part in the survey. The 207 respondents represent a significant part of the market, serving around 544,000 skiers. That is about half the total number of British skiers, according to the Ski Club, and a significant number of those in the summer trade."

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