Brexit impact: most horrible worker shortage in UK food industry

Industry - Pavan Pandey - Nov 11,2016

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brexit impact massive food worker shortage in uk

After the dramatic Brexit, UK’s food industry is facing a huge worker shortage and this condition has grown quite awful as compared to the year 2004. UK food manufacturers and processors are struggling to catch enough workers to cook food for the Christmas gale this year. According to a specialist trade association in the UK, Association of Labor Providers (ALP), the demand for food is at its highest levels in the last festival period of the year. The UK food industry also worries about distributing goods and food to homes and shops, it could become a subject of a problem and also a possible lack of vehicle drivers and delivery workers.

In a conference meeting, ALP CEO David Camp told, there are also some concerns that have been made over the referendum result. The decline in the cost of the pound means the exchange cost of your wages back into your home currency is worth 15% less than it was. However, the food supply network is also bothered about complications in attracting EU manual workers. According to another largest business association in the UK, Freight Transport Association, “The total calculated shortage among the number of heavy goods vehicles and the number of experienced drivers is 34,567. The shortage is down year on year as the industry has improved salary through higher extra time and bonus payments.”

The Chief Executive officer of ALP Mr. Camp said in the conference, which was organized by UK trade association the Food and Drink Federation, the total 90% of the temporary worker jobs in the food industry were earlier held by the European Union (EU) workers. But, post the UK's choice to leave the EU, these food workers had backed away the jobs. David Camp also added that the reactions for job advertisements had declined noticeably, and Brexit had some important implications on seasonal labor and the major implications were amid the reduction in the cost of the pound and it's also exaggerated the complete earnings of EU employees post the Brexit voting in June 2016.