A new report from the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) has highlighted concerns expressed by UKWA that continuing uncertainty over Britain’s post-Brexit immigration policy is leading to a shortage of labour that will have serious ramifications across the logistics industry.
“At a time when the UK is experiencing the lowest youth employment rate since the 1970s and the Government remains committed to a post-Brexit cap on net migration, labour has become a scarce resource, particularly at peak times,” says UKWA CEO, Peter Ward.
To relieve some of the pressure felt by supply chains during peak periods, UKWA is urging the Government to allow employers to continue to access temporary and seasonal workers from the EU.
Peter Ward comments: “UKWA has worked closely with the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) on its recently published report, Short-term labour for long-term growth: EU agency workers post-Brexit, which has highlighted the problem.
“The REC study found that 60 per cent of recruiters operating in the warehousing sector recruit at least half the temporary staff they supply from the EU with 28% saying Europeans make up three quarters or more of their agency workers.”