At present, there are restrictions on the kind of jobs Romanian and Bulgarian migrants are able to undertake in the United Kingdom; employers are required to apply for work permits and individual workers must obtain an “accession worker card”.

However, from 1 January 2014, these controls will be lifted, allowing migrants to move to the UK to take up jobs that were previously subject to restrictions. This cutting of red tape could prove a timely and important boost to the hospitality and tourism sectors.

If current estimates are to be believed, up to 660,000 new jobs will be created within the industry by 2020. It is unlikely that the domestic workforce alone could satisfy this additional demand for manpower and skills, so an influx of Bulgarian and Romanian workers looking for better pay and conditions may well be very welcome for employers.