Brexit-caused employment problems leave firms struggling to fill vacancies

Not working: okay, it isn’t quite the right image – unless you think of the trucks all being full of migrant workers returning to their countries of origin – but the message that “Brexit isn’t working” is supported very strongly by the findings listed in the article.

Are these results of Brexit the “sunlit uplands” we were told to expect in the UK economy after leaving the European Union?

Brexit has exacerbated the UK’s labour shortages over the past year, with industries most reliant on freedom of movement hit hard, according to a report led by academics from Oxford university.

The research found that in parts of the economy such as hospitality and corporate support services there had been large declines in the number of EU workers, a substantial rise in vacancies and few opportunities for employers to recruit from non-EU countries.

The academics found no evidence that employers had responded by raising wages to attract UK-born workers to fill the roles previously occupied by people born in the bloc.

So low-wage industries are having trouble recruiting, and won’t increase wages to relieve that pressure.

But increasing the number of visas available to get people from foreign countries back into jobs here won’t work, it seems, because they are difficlt to police and may open workers to exploitation and abuse.

The Tory government – via the Home Office – has stuck its head in the sand, as usual.

It has said employers should look to the domestic labour market rather than foreign recruitment, incentivising people to take jobs with higher wages, training and career options.

But employers have clearly decided not to even try. What’s ‘Plan B’?

Source: Brexit intensifies labour shortages as companies struggle to hire

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