Strict visa regulations, which took effect after Brexit, hamper access to a skilled workforce.
Major problems in the distribution of petrol and food are forcing the British government to radically change its position. According to British media reports, Prime Minister Boris Johnson wants to allow thousands of truck drivers from abroad to access the severe shortage through exceptions.
Strict visa regulations, which took effect after Brexit, are hampering the arrival of a skilled workforce, adding pressure on the logistics industry. Recently, there have been reports that some power companies are unable to supply some gas stations due to lack of conductors, and long lines have been formed at some stations. And it was these photos, according to the British press, that convinced Johnson to change his position.
A source close to the British prime minister quoted the “Financial Times” newspaper as saying, “Boris already has his teeth full of negative headlines and wants to solve it, he no longer cares about visa requirements.”
Exempted representatives of companies and business associations. However, the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) warned the government to expect the crisis to be resolved by several thousand foreign drivers, especially in the event of a shortage of skilled labor in many sectors.
“We don’t have trained butchers, we don’t have trained welders, we don’t have chefs, we don’t have electrical engineers, so there’s a workforce shortage in the entire economy,” said CBI President Tony Dunker. BBC.
The government is asking companies to hire more British workers to train them as well as give them higher salaries. Dunker acknowledged that reform was necessary, but criticized the government for its approach. “You wouldn’t make a butcher out of a baggage handler or a chef out of a shopkeeper.”
The Road Transport Association estimates that the UK is currently short on around 100,000 truck drivers. Therefore, in many places there is a shortage of various goods and the shelves are empty. BP and Esso cannot provide some service stations due to a shortage of drivers.
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