This was reported by the British newspaper The Times, citing government sources. With this move, London will respond to increased pressure from supermarket chains and many other hard-hit businesses.
According to the newspaper, a special list of occupations facing shortages is being considered. If drivers are added to that list, British employers will have more opportunities to hire foreign workers. It is estimated that there are currently about 100,000 short drivers. In fact, the list of occupations will not be re-evaluated until next year. But that process could be speeded up due to the current situation, according to The Times.
Many British shops, cafes and restaurants have been experiencing supply problems for some time. As a result, McDonald’s does not have milkshakes in all of its British branches. So it was temporarily removed from the list. Competitor KFC also warned that due to supply chain issues, sometimes not all products on the list are available.
The problem is not unique to Britain, according to the Confederations of British Industry. Truck drivers are in great demand in many European countries as well as in the United States. But Brexit quickly worsened the situation for the British, as the business community complained. An unprecedented shortage of both staff and materials is now hampering the UK’s economic recovery from the coronavirus crisis.
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