Ministers blast firms for complaining about Brexit staff shortages

Ministers blast firms for complaining about Brexit staff shortages
Ministers blast firms for complaining about Brexit staff shortages
Ministers warn firms facing staff woes to stop complaining about shortage of foreign workers and pay Britons more instead Firms are blaming Brexit and Covid-19 for a shortage of staff in their businesses  The Government rejected the complaints insisting firms should increase wages The hospitality sector claims it is short of more than 210,000 staff  

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Ministers have warned companies that they should increase their wages rather than complain about the shortage of foreign labour.

The pandemic and Brexit have combined to cause a staffing crisis in restaurants, cafes, warehouses and factories as fewer foreign workers have been looking for work in the UK.

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But firms have been criticised for offering ‘poverty wages’ to prospective staff while lobbying for immigration rules to be relaxed.

Labour minister Paul Scully, pictured, said employers in affected industries should increase wages to encourage British people to apply for their empty vacancies

Labour minister Paul Scully, pictured, said employers in affected industries should increase wages to encourage British people to apply for their empty vacancies

Crop pickers are flying people from the Caribbean to fill roles that had previously been filled by those from the EU. Pictured here, seasonal workers from Romania, in September 2017 in Pulborough, Sussex

Crop pickers are flying people from the Caribbean to fill roles that had previously been filled by those from the EU. Pictured here, seasonal workers from Romania, in September 2017 in Pulborough, Sussex

Meanwhile, driving schools for lorry drivers have been flooded with applicants after retailers were forced to raise salaries to over £50,000 amid a national shortage.

The hospitality sector is missing 210,000 staff, or 10 per cent of its total workforce, according to trade body UKHospitality. And unemployment has risen during the pandemic to just over 1.6million.

Critics have blasted bosses who expect British workers to accept low pay and tough working conditions, which would otherwise be taken by migrant workers. Now ministers are demanding firms raise wages and make jobs more attractive to UK workers.

Paul Scully, the minister for the labour market, said: ‘We want to see employers make long-term investments in the UK domestic workforce instead of relying on labour from abroad. Businesses should be looking at how to make employment more attractive, including through wage increases and

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