Brexit has worsened labor shortages across the UK – report


UK labor shortages have been exacerbated by Brexit, according to a new report.

But other problems facing employers trying to hire staff include the pandemic and more people taking early retirement, it has been suggested.

According to a report by Oxford University’s Migration Observatory, some employers who used to rely on EU workers are now beginning to adapt by turning to automation or cutting back on production.

Madeleine Sumption, director of the Migration Observatory, said: “While it is clear that ending free movement has made it harder for employers in low-wage industries to hire staff, changing immigration policy to address the shortage brings its own challenges.

“Low-wage work visa programs are notoriously difficult to monitor and often expose workers to exploitation and abuse. It’s also surprisingly difficult to measure bottlenecks and figure out how to target immigration policies on them.

“Immigration policy is a somewhat blunt tool when dealing with labor shortages, and there is a real trade-off between acting quickly and acting on evidence.

“If the government wants an evidence-based system, they can’t respond to the recent crisis in the short term, whether it’s airports, truck drivers, the pork industry or anything else.” Brexit has worsened labor shortages across the UK – report

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