If there’s going to be a workforce crisis, that usually means the potential employees can name their price – especially if they have experience or expertise in a particular field.

The claim that the health and social care sectors will take the lion’s share of the workforce by 2025 therefore suggests a large boost in public sector pay, undoing the work of the last eight years as far as the Tories are concerned.

It is exactly the opposite of what Margaret Thatcher intended when she first planned to dismantle British industry, back in the 1970s.

The good news, for the Tories, is that their genocidal policies are bringing life expectancy down – so it is possible that demand may not be quite as high as predicted.

Just remember that this saving to the public purse is bought with the lives of your beloved grannies, granddads, great uncles and aunts.

As for the rest of the economy – it would be interesting to see how the Tories might propose to fix this huge potential problem they’ll have created.

My guess is they’ll have to go back to unrestricted immigration, meaning Brexit will have been a hugely expensive waste of time.

It’s a huge joke, really.

The question is: Who’s laughing?

British businesses have been warned to brace for a severe workforce crisis triggered by Brexit, with the number of workers entering employment expected to fall behind the rate of population growth for the first time in half a century.

According to employment consultant Mercer, the size of the British workforce is expected to rise by just 820,000 by 2025, marking a dramatic slowdown from the previous decade, when almost 2 million people entered employment.

The increase would cut the workforce growth rate from 9% in the 10 years to 2015 to 2.4% six years after Britain leaves the EU at the end of March 2019, underscoring businesses’ fears over a potential labour shortage.

The slowdown is also forecast to have worrying consequences for the government at a time when more workers are needed to enter the health and social care professions to care for Britain’s ageing population. Mercer estimates there will be an additional 2 million people aged 65 and over by 2025.

The consultancy firm said as many as 710,000 people are likely to be required by the health and social care sector over the coming few years, leaving just 110,000 available for the rest of the economy.

Source: UK businesses told to expect workforce crisis after Brexit | Politics | The Guardian

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