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Between Brexit and the pandemic, certain industries lost hundreds of workers. Whether people have left the UK because of the decision to leave the EU or whether they need to isolate themselves, there is a serious shortage of staff in certain sectors.
In May 2021, job vacancies reached their highest level since the pandemic. There are currently over 1.1 million vacancies, a 31-month high. As the restrictions are lifted and certain sectors reopen, companies are starting to retire. Surprisingly, however, research shows that one in 20 job seekers cannot find work.
Where did all the workers go?
As mentioned earlier, many workers left the country due to the UK leaving the EU. The recent “Pingdemic” is also a factor. “Pingdemic” refers to the high number of people who are “pinged” by the NHS Covid-19 app and urges them to self-isolate. In the week from July 14 to 21, 2021, almost 700,000 Covid 19 app users were pinged. This is a record high.
This has increased the number of employees who have to miss their work. In some cases, companies have had to close as many workers have been asked to isolate themselves.
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Truck and truck drivers
The Road Haulage Association believes the truck and truck driver shortage is reaching a “crisis point”, with about 100,000 workers lost since the pandemic began. It is estimated that 60,000 of these workers have returned to their home countries in the EU due to the travel restrictions of Covid-19 and the uncertainty of Brexit.
Recently, Tesco had to cancel many online orders due to a reduced number of delivery drivers. Asda has also suffered from a lack of staff, with empty shelves as a result of blockages in the supply chain caused by fewer truck drivers.
Both Tesco and Asda are now calling for new recruits and are offering truck drivers a £ 1,000 sign-up bonus. They join logistics organizations and call on the government to deal with the labor crisis. The shortage is believed to peak by the end of August as the remaining truckers take summer breaks.
Arla, one of the largest dairy companies, admitted it would not be able to supply a quarter of UK supermarkets with milk at the end of July. Sainsbury’s has been hit hard by reduced milk deliveries, with many shelves in the supermarket’s milk and milk sections being empty. A spokesman for Sainsbury’s said they are “working hard to make sure customers can find everything they need”.
Logistics UK, one of the largest corporate groups in the country, has called on the government to act. They have pushed for more government incentives to support the truck and truck driver recruitment process.
Truck and truck driver jobs can be found on the Asda and Tesco websites.
Empty supermarket shelves are partly due to fewer truck drivers, but also to a reduced number of employees in the supermarkets themselves. About 35,000 supermarket workers are needed across the UK, according to the BBC.
The managing director of Icelandic supermarkets recently tweeted that Covid-19-related absences were increasing exponentially from week to week, and even hinted that within a few weeks they would be higher than ever before. Absences are 400% higher than a month ago as coronavirus cases rise and people are forced into isolation. Iceland is currently looking for an additional 2,000 workers.
Marks and Spencer’s supermarkets are also feeling the strain, suggesting opening hours may need to be reduced due to low staffing levels. Tesco is looking for a whopping 20,000 temporary workers. Asda is also looking to fill 5,000 temporary positions and is helping to recruit people whose jobs have been impacted or lost as a result of the virus.
No wonder that the supermarket giant Aldi is also looking for 5,000 temporary workers and 4,000 permanent employees. This is an attempt to mitigate the effects of the troubled workforce. Morrisons and Lidl are following suit and are both hiring thousands of new recruits across the UK.
You can search for grocery roles on Indeed and Reed.
Pub, café and restaurant employees are particularly hard hit by the “Pingdemic”. Greene King, a giant pub chain across the UK, announced the temporary closure of 33 pubs in July as many workers were told to isolate themselves.
Many chains offer their employees perks to encourage new employees. Steakhouse giant Hawksmoor offers employees rewards of up to £ 2,000 for referring friends and family to join their workforce.
Mitchells and Butlers, the company that owns big names like Harvester, Miller, and Carter, and Toby Carvery are battling it out to recruit workers. They propose the reasons for EU workers returning home and national bans leading to people outside of the hospitality industry finding work.
This is an ongoing problem for the hospitality industry due to stop-and-start bans. In May, the number of vacancies in the hospitality industry was at an all-time high. Between May and August, more than 70,000 hospitality jobs were advertised online for 9 consecutive weeks. Chefs in particular are in demand. As of August 1, 2021, there were over 42,000 vacancies for chefs.
Andrew Hunter, co-founder of the job search engine Adzuna, has suggested that Pingdemic is largely responsible for this. He also said many people are still on vacation and some workers are worried about getting back to work due to Covid. Hunter also supported the idea of fewer EU workers filling positions.
On Adzuna you can search for vacancies in the hospitality industry.
Nursing home company HC One offers huge welcome bonuses of up to £ 10,000 for registered night care nurses. This is partly due to Covid, but also to the loss of many EU citizens due to Brexit. The private care sector is particularly hard hit.
Other care groups offer a decent amount of money to motivate people to sign up for foster care. The Priory Group and Elysium Healthcare are offering registered nurses a £ 5,000 welcome bonus to encourage new hires.
Care vacancies are higher than ever, according to care company Blue Leaf. They also hinted that the uncertainty surrounding Brexit had a big impact on the social care industry. One in seven carers in London comes from the EU. The result of the referendum left many EU citizens feeling unwelcome to live and work in the UK, with the number of foreign workers falling by 134,000 between 2017 and 2018 alone.
The care provider Independent Care Group (ICG) has asked the government for help. On July 29, there were over 100,000 vacancies in the care sector. ICG cites the aging population and the increasing number of people in need of care as another reason for the burden on nursing homes.
Additionally, care providers argue that plans to make the Covid-19 vaccine mandatory for nursing home workers are deterring potential recruits. A comment by the BMJ assumes that the care sector will need half a million new hires in the next ten years in order for the industry to remain sustainable. However, if 13% of the unvaccinated nurses leave the job because of the vaccination order, the care industry would suffer massively.
You can search nursing roles on Skills For Care and the NHS website.
Between 2017 and 2020 there was a 42% decrease in EU-born construction workers, according to the Financial Times. This is a great loss for the industry. Construction companies are now calling for urgent steps to mitigate the impending consequences of the downsizing.
One of these consequences is the dramatic slowdown in housing projects. A shortage of important building materials such as wood is also blamed for the slowdown in construction work, which in turn is linked to the lower number of truck and truck drivers.
The Guardian recently stated that two-thirds of construction companies had to wait longer for materials to be delivered, blaming post-Brexit friction and congestion in ports. In addition, rising raw material prices have influenced the industry.
Richard Harpin, CEO of Checkatrade, says there is a shortage of professionals in this area. He added that the loss of EU-born workers had had a major impact on the industry.
In May, the demand for construction workers and construction workers was higher than it has been in 23 years. However, the number of construction workers in the industry has declined the fastest since 2017. An increasing lack of demand has had a major impact on the construction sector, with smaller companies being hardest hit.
For jobs in construction, see Careers In Construction and Indeed.