The deficit of workers is sponsored by the flight of foreigners during the pandemic and is the result of a Brexit that prevents others from taking the place of those who decided to return to their place of origin
An anti-Brexit protester in BrightonJUSTIN TALLISAFP
Updated on Wednesday, September 29, 2021 – 02:04
The shortage that grips the United Kingdom is food and energy, but also human. Right now, the country has 2 million active job offers, a deficit of workers sponsored by the flight of foreigners during the pandemic but caused, fundamentally, by a Brexit that prevents others from taking the place of those who decided to return to their place of origin. What at first was one of the fundamental objectives of those who supported leaving the European Union, has become a problem that is weighing on the post-pandemic economic recovery at all levels.
The crisis, as is the case with food or energy, is also hitting the base of society, because, as they are normally lower paid jobs, they cannot offer high salaries to import talent from the rest of the world. Right now, under the current immigration restrictions in the country, a foreign worker who does not have settled status can only be hired by a British company to go to live in the UK if he is paid. a minimum of 30,000 euros per year.
This, of course, collides head-on with the country’s economic backbone, as the jobs formerly held by Europeans in transportation, hospitality, maintenance or commerce cannot compete in that salary range. Thus, and according to an analysis carried out by the Recruitment & Employment Confederation, the REC, in the country about 2 million jobs will be offered, and only in the week of September 13 to 19, 220,000 new positions appeared .
These posts, however, They have a difficult time being occupied by BritishSince the country, which had an unemployment rate of 4.6% even before the economy reopened, cannot meet the volume of demand for workers by itself. Nor can you go out to look for them, therefore, analyzing the sectors that are demanding the most personnel during the last week that can be analyzed, either the positions are not qualified or do not reach the minimum salary range in most cases.
For example, during that week of September 13 to 19 that the REC analyzes, it has been possible to clearly see where the holes are in the private economic fabric of the United Kingdom. In social services, 55,019 new positions were offered for caregivers, 32,942 for primary school teachers, 2,678 for school secretaries and, surprisingly, another 2,478 for ‘lollipops’, that is, those people who stop traffic with a sign on the hand so that students can cross roads safely. In the metallurgical industry, for its part, 22,956 new jobs have appeared.
And they are not the only ones. The service sector, a sector that had traditionally been occupied by young people mostly foreigners who wanted to pay for their studies and a fleeting passage through the country, has also sued during the last week 36,471 chefs, 32,615 shop assistants, 28,220 cleaners, 6,557 bar employees and 2,251 postmen. All this, of course, added to the more than 1.7 million offers that already exist previously.
More than 55,000 euros per year for carriers
More worrisome is, yes, the lack of carriers, encrypted in the sector in more than 100,000 job vacancies that should be covered as soon as possible. Despite the fact that the British Government refuse to grant him qualified employment status, which will facilitate their access to foreign workers, the truth is that this deficit currently has the country paralyzed and immersed in a crisis. fuel crisis like it hadn’t been seen in decades. According to the report published by the REC, more than 7,500 new job offers for carriers have been published in just one week, some with salaries that exceed 55,000 euros per year.
To try to solve the problem, the Government has considered using the Army, as it did 70 years ago during a strike in the sector, to bring fuel from refineries to service stations, but for now it has had to give up and grant 5,000 temporary visas to foreign carriers who want to go to the UK to work for the next three months.
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