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Cultural Diversity in Hospitality Work: the Northern Ireland Experience

Devine, Frances, Baum, Tom, Devine, Adrian and Hearns, Niamh (2007) Cultural Diversity in Hospitality Work: the Northern Ireland Experience. International Journal of Human Resource Management, 18 (2). pp. 333-349. [Journal article]

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DOI: 10.1080/09585190601102596


International workers are a growing category of employees in the hospitality industry of Northern Ireland (NI). The retention and skills shortages of the industry are significant factors in facilitating this increase. Thus, international workers could be an invaluable new source of labour for the hospitality industry, provided that they are properly looked after and managed. However, little is known about the number of people moving to Northern Ireland to take up work in the hospitality industry. This paper sets out to answer some of the “unknowns” - including nationality, demographic characteristics, educational, employment and economic background. The paper draws on data collected through a survey of migrant workers in nine hotels in Northern Ireland and focus groups with migrant employees in all of the survey establishments. Issues of social integration within the workforce and the wider community as well as the future that migrant workers see for themselves are discussed from a human resource perspective.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:International workers, multiculturalism; cultural diversity; hospitality; migration; Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland.
Faculties and Schools:Ulster Business School > Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management
Ulster Business School
ID Code:33247
Deposited By: Mrs Frances Devine
Deposited On:16 Feb 2016 09:28
Last Modified:16 Feb 2016 09:28

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