Results from a British Chamber of Commerce (BCC) survey of more than 6,000 employers have shown that over 80% of Britain’s manufacturers are facing a huge shortage of skilled workers.
Meanwhile, in the last few months of 2018, 70% of service sector employers, which includes, hotels, restaurants and banks, were also struggling to find the right staff.
The shortage comes after the number of EU nationals coming to the UK has fallen since the Brexit referendum along with prospect of tougher immigration rules in the future. The recruitment difficulties have also been exacerbated by unemployment levels being at their lowest for 44 years, making it tougher for companies to hire new staff without offering higher salaries.
Adam Marshall, BCC’s director general said:
“Business concerns about the government’s recent blueprint for future immigration rules must be taken seriously – and companies must be able to access skills at all levels without heavy costs or bureaucracy.”
Chris Brazier, business immigration lawyer at B P Collins says:
“To help retain the skilled staff that manufacturing and service sector companies have already, EU employees should be advised to act quickly to obtain settled status once it’s implemented. This is the only route that will secure the status of EU citizens in the UK.”