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If beer duty stays down, more graduate roles may be created, says BBPA

Published: Wednesday, 23 February 2011   Category: Food and drink

There is likely to be many graduate opportunities in the brewing and pub industries this year, as a leading trade association revealed UK job numbers.

The British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) commissioned a report from research company Oxford Economics which shows that the industry employs 980,000 people.

In the report, the research organisation also found that the beer and pub trade adds over £21 billion to the UK economy every year.

For this reason the BBPA is recommending that the chancellor George Osborne does not increase beer duty in his upcoming budget. If the suggestion is followed, it could mean more graduate vacancies in the industry.

Brigid Simmonds, the BBPA chief executive, said that the reports shows the importance of the trade to the UK economy.

"These figures show how vital the beer and pub trade is to the UK economy, with huge numbers of jobs dependent on the sector," he said.

"With the economy struggling, these jobs are vital. The government is planning massive increases in beer tax in the budget next month … With the right policies, we could be creating thousands of new jobs." 

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