The UK’s largest industry and industry associations warned the British government on Wednesday that a sector with severe labor shortages will need skilled workers from EU countries, including those from Central and Eastern European member states after the end of UK membership.
According to the joint call of the seven construction companies, the government should agree as soon as possible to enforce a transitional period of at least two years after the British exit and ensure that workers can also obtain the UK residence permit without delay who will arrive in Great Britain during this transitional period .
The call emphasizes that 12.6 per cent of British construction workers were born out of Britain and 5.7 per cent came from the Central and Eastern European countries, which were in the European Union in 2004.
However, according to a common open letter from professional and advocacy organizations, this is only the national average, in London, for example, 50 percent close to the proportion of foreign EU workers within the branch of the building industry.
As the British construction industry, whose 300,000 businesses produce 7% of UK domestic GDP (GDP) and occupy 10% of total UK staff, already struggles with a serious lack of skilled labor, the retention of foreign EU workers is critical for the whole industry – is in the open letter to the British government on Wednesday.
According to construction organizations, the British government should start a communication campaign, making it clear to foreign EU workers already living in Britain that they will not face major obstacles to acquiring a status after Brexit.
Recently, Prime Minister Theresa May has provided the legitimate UK foreign nationals with an open letter to them that the British government would like them to stay and, once British EU membership is over, they will be able to easily register as a permanent resident of Great Britain.
Recently, however, several other UK professional organizations have warned the British Government of the risks arising from the planned limitation of EU labor migration.
The British Restaurant Association (BHA) has announced in a miniscule call: 75% of British restaurant workers, 25% of chefs, 37% of hotel cleaning and other maintenance staff arrived from other EU Member States.
The BHA estimates that it would take 10 years to qualify for the appropriate number of domestic labor, and British businesses would go bankrupt.
Meurig Raymond, President of the British Farmers’ Association (NFU), said at this year’s annual congress that the British agriculture sector will need 85,000 people per year and 20,000 in 90,000 seasonal workers in the year 2021, and a very large majority of these workers from Eastern European EU countries received. According to Raymond, if British agriculture can not access this labor force after the EU membership ceases, “crops will get bogged down in the fields.”
Source: MTI / Picture: hirado.hu /