Could scrapping of employment laws boost jobs market?

With the Telegraph this week publishing a leaked government document that recommended scrapping myriad employment laws, could the hospitality sector benefit from the cutting of red tape in the workplace?

According to Charlie Bigham, founder of Bigham's ready meals, some business regulation can be a hindrance both to employers and those working in front-line hospitality jobs.

Speaking to the BBC On The Money podcast, he explained that a reduction in the legal redundancy consultation time from 90 days to 30 days could be a wise move. "It is quite distressing for staff to go through a long, consultation period, so I quite like the idea of shortening it. I think it is unnecessarily long," he commented.

On the other hand, having a bonfire of red tape would not necessarily encourage companies in the hospitality industry to hire more staff.

"We're very fortunate, we're growing at the moment, we're growing at 90 per cent a year, so we are recruiting a lot of people. I think the flexibility we have around employment law is good in this country," said Mr Bigham.

"We are all in business to grow our business and be successful, but things do happen, which means that businesses don't always grow every year. If you do hit a sticky patch, you do need to have some flexibility there, so you can get your business to the right size for the moment."

The business owner added that he has never been in a situation where he has been cautious about hiring an employee because he might not be able to fire them if he needed to, which suggests that the government recommendations would not have much of an effect on boosting the jobs market and ultimately leading to an improved economy.

Jacqueline Gold, CEO of Anne Summers and Knickerbox, told the podcast that businesses have to learn to adapt to the conditions and manage the performance of existing workers.

"None of us think that we can't hire people because we might not be able to get rid of them or it might take 90 days. It just doesn't happen," she added.

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