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How does British beer create so many jobs?

On 09/03/16 by Tom Pratt (Campaigns and Communications Officer)

Despite three successive duty cuts, British beer duty is still the second highest in Europe. By taking a look at the relationship between beer, brewing and employment, we can see why a fourth successive duty cut in the March 16th Budget is so vital to protecting the beer and pub sector, and the employment opportunities the sector affords so many.

In 2013, the Government abolished the beer duty escalator, and cut duty by 1p a pint. Further 1p cuts followed in both 2014 and 2015, and this historic hat-trick has had a hugely positive impact on beer and pub jobs - It is estimated that employment is 19,000 higher than it would have been had the Government stuck to its previous plans to raise beer duty.

Duty cuts have helped keep the price of a pint down, providing a boost to beer sales and helping to keep more pubs across Britain open.

It’s worth noting that 82% of all beer made in Britain is sold in this country, with one job in brewing creating one further job in agriculture, one in the supply chain, one in retail and 18 jobs in pubs.

beer and pub jobs

This last figure is particularly striking, and underlines the special relationship beer enjoys with the sector. Pubs continue to rely heavily on beer, as it accounts for around seven in every ten drinks sold in pubs, with draught beer very much the preserve of the Great British pub.

Many jobs in the sector go to young people, with over 44 per cent of those currently employed across beer and pubs under the age of 25. On top of this, the hospitality sector has created 165,000 apprenticeships in the last five years, with duty cuts playing a part in helping to stimulate this recent investment.

A further penny off a pint at Budget 2016 will boost employment by over 3,000 compared to the planned inflationary increase. This would keep up the momentum generated by three recent cuts in beer duty and provide valuable support to the beer and pub sector, and all those employed within it.


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