UK News BUSINESS LIVE: Staff shortages hitting competitiveness, says CBI

11:40  20 september  2021
11:40  20 september  2021 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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The CBI said members also cited shortages of fruit and flower pickers, food and meat processing operatives, livestock and arable workers, factory assembly workers, scaffolders, carpenters, chefs, cleaners and housekeepers. However the Business Secretary, Kwasi Kwarteng, has previously rejected calls to loosen immigration rules, and suggested firms should hire and train UK workers to fill the gaps in road haulage. He said he wanted to see firms making long-term investments in the UK domestic workforce instead of relying on labour from abroad. Bricklayers are in short supply, the CBI

The CBI said there is growing evidence of staff shortages , which are continuing to disrupt firms as they battle to recover from the impact of the pandemic. Director-general Tony Danker said the challenge extends beyond a lack of HGV lorry drivers, which is hitting supplies of goods to supermarkets, pubs and other businesses . He called on ministers to marry skills policies to roles with the highest unfilled vacancies, add greater flexibility to the apprenticeship levy and use their “immigration levers” to alleviate short-term pressures.

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Around three-quarters of companies have told the Confederation of British Industry that they had reported access to staff as a threat to the UK's competitiveness, the highest proportion since the annual survey began 24 years ago.

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Ministers blast firms for complaining about Brexit staff shortages

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The CBI said 44% of businesses intended to raise pay in line with inflation and 24% planned above-inflation pay rises, the highest combined percentage since it started surveying businesses about this in 2009. Just over three quarters of the 422 firms polled by the CBI and recruiters Pertemps Network in late August said labour shortages were hurting competitiveness , the highest proportion in over five years. The CBI renewed its call for the government to ease post-Brexit visa restrictions on European Union workers with in-demand skills.

The current staff shortages that are affecting supply chains up and down the country, across a variety of sectors could last two years according to the CBI ( Confederation of British Industry ). These shortages are affecting industries ranging from farming to fast food, with many businesses struggling or failing to meet customer demand as a result. “The CBI has heard from companies actively cutting capacity because they can’t meet demand, like the hoteliers limiting the number of bookable rooms because they don’t have enough housekeeping staff and can’t get linen laundered,” said CBI director

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