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The Big Squeeze

Recently published Employment figures confirm what the recruitment industry already knows; that staff shortages are piling up in all sectors as the referendum result impacts upon the flow of workers from outside the UK.

 Recruitment & Employment Confederation chief executive Kevin Green says:

 “Employers who are already struggling to fill roles will be concerned to see that the number of people out of work has fallen yet again, reducing the talent pool even further. We have heard again and again from recruiters that they don’t have enough candidates to cope with the increasing number of vacancies. 

EU nationals are returning home and less are arriving as they feel increasingly unwelcome here. We cannot afford to lose their skills and their contribution to the UK labour market. The government needs to make this country attractive to EU workers by ensuring their right to work here.” 

At a recent forum attended by Extraman's MD, discussion was almost entirely focussed upon the dire effect that labour shortages are having on the recruitment industry. What is particularly alarming is that these shortages come about before anything has been put in place to restrict immigration. The UK is simply a less attractive place for overseas workers to target, due to the fall in the value of the pound, the perceived hostility to foreigners that affected the vote and the feeling that the UK is heading down a slippery slope.

When minister Chris Grayling recently said that our reaction to likely increased food prices from Europe following our EU departure will be to "grow more food" he did not seem to be aware that no-one will increase food supply if there is no-one around to pick, pack and process.

Ardent Brexiteers will welcome the figures, perhaps, but those who are involved in supplying workers to industry remain baffled at the ignorance of government and its failure to even engage with the growing labour shortages that the country now faces. The "will of the people" seems to have throttled rationality and logic.

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