Young Britons seeking alpine work in the French ski season this winter face being frozen out by adverts demanding that workers carry a European Union passport.
Early job postings for roles working the 2021-22 season stipulate they will reject applications from UK nationals unless they already have residency rights or are a citizen of the bloc.
Post-Brexit rules that will apply for the first time during the coming winter season mean Britons may need both visas and work permits to gain employment in France.
The roles affected are likely to include chalet staff, resort guides and travel reps.
Many employers are likely to have been put off by the extra administration involved in getting workers legal employment in the mountains, news website The Local reported.
One listing for chalet hosts working across a range of properties in the Alps said: “Procedures for employing UK passport holders post-Brexit are still in the process of being finalised, and therefore we unfortunately cannot accept any applications from UK passport holders until this is resolved.” Many specifically requested EU or French passports.
Seasonal Business in Travel, a group of companies operating through the summer and winter seasons, warned that the jobs of 25,000 Britons who do seasonal work across the EU are now at risk, most of them aged 18 to 34.
It has called for Boris Johnson to reach an agreement with the EU to extend the existing visa scheme and allow people to work for short periods with additional permits.
In a petition to the Government, it said: “The ability to work across Europe in the holiday industry has not only enriched the lives of all of us that have done it but also given millions of British holiday makers unforgettable memories and experiences.”
The group said the change in policy is likely to squeeze out less-well-off travellers who work to pay off the cost of a trip.
Last week, British ski instructors told the Guardian that the cost of obtaining visas threatens the traditional model of travelling out to the slopes a few times each season. They warned this could wipe out the industry for school skiing trips that rely on British staff.