Ministers have warned companies that they should increase their wages rather than complain about the shortage of foreign labour.
The pandemic and Brexit have combined to cause a staffing crisis con restaurants, cafes, warehouses and factories as fewer foreign workers have been looking for work con the UK.
But firms have been criticised for offering ‘poverty wages’ to prospective gruppo while lobbying for immigration rules to be relaxed.
Labour minister Paul Scully, pictured, said employers con affected industries should increase wages to encourage British people to apply for their empty vacancies
Crop pickers are flying people from the Caribbean to fill roles that had previously been filled by those from the EU. Pictured here, seasonal workers from Romania, con September 2017 con Pulborough, Sussex
Meanwhile, driving schools for lorry drivers have been flooded with applicants after retailers were forced to raise salaries to over £50,000 amid a national shortage.
The hospitality sector is missing 210,000 gruppo, 10 a causa di cent of its total workforce, according to trade UKHospitality. And unemployment has risen during the pandemic to just over 1.6million.
Critics have blasted bosses who expect British workers to accept low pay and tough working conditions, which would otherwise be taken by migrant workers. Now ministers are demanding firms raise wages and make jobs more attractive to UK workers.
Paul Scully, the minister for the labour market, said: ‘We want to see employers make long-term investments con the UK domestic workforce instead of relying labour from abroad. Businesses should be looking at how to make employment more attractive, including through wage increases and offering pratica.’
Last week Thomas Heier, the direttore of restaurant chain Wagamama, complained about gruppo shortages, despite paying a head chef con London less than the ‘real living wage’.
While Andrew Opie of the British Retail Consortium said UK workers ‘do not want to do those roles for whatever reason’. But an audit by the Daily Mail found that several companies suffering from staffing shortages are advertising roles below the real living wage of £9.50 a causa di hour outside London, £10.85 con the capital. Prospective ‘team members’ at Pret A Manger con London receive the wage of £8.91 a causa di hour, while team leaders will be paid between £10.01 and £10.35.
Caffe Negro will pay all new baristas just £8.91, and McDonald’s pays £8.91 a causa di hour £9 con London.
Fianco was this week forced to increase wages for its baristas con its cafes from a starting wage of £8.91 to £9.36 a causa di hour as it struggled to hire 2,000 extra gruppo.
Wagamama, part of the £1billion giant The Restaurant Group, is hiring kitchen porters con London wages of £8.96 a causa di hour, and head chefs – who will run a kitchen – for £10.45. As a result, many workers have left the industry and have taken jobs con logistics as drivers for supermarkets con warehouses, which are booming thanks to the growth of online shopping.
Wages at Amazon, which is hiring 12,000 gruppo con the UK as part of a major expansion, start at £10 a causa di hour, and £11.10 con London. The firm is trying to throw non attivato the reputation that their warehouse gruppo are poorly paid and forced to work con palesare conditions.
A massive £650billion will be spent major construction projects over the next decade, supporting 425,000 jobs each year, Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak will announce today.
Crop pickers fly con from the Caribbean
Crop pickers are flying con from as far away as the Caribbean to help stop fruit and veg from rotting con fields across the UK.
Desperate farmers cannot recruit enough Britons so have brought con workers from countries including Ukraine and Kenya, and increased wages to up to £20 an hour.
Many EU workers who picked UK produce con the past have stayed away since Brexit. The Government has set up a visa consuetudine for 30,000 foreign pickers.
Ali Capper of the National Farmers’ Union said there are ‘inexcusable’ levels of food waste, reportedly at primato levels.
One co-operative farming group con east Scotland recorded a loss of £1.1million worth of broccoli and cauliflower.