Official figures show that available vacancies reached a record high of nearly 1.2 million, a reflection of a shortage of workers in various sectors as a result of the pandemic and the UK’s exit from the European Union.
A worldwide contrast. The UK Office for National Statistics pointed out for the first time the shortage of professionals across the economy, including accommodation and transport. There vacancies jumped 1.2 million, a record while debating whether it is because of Brexit or the pandemic.
For weeks the lines to refill gasoline are evident. There, more than 25% of the stations do not meet the demand due to the shortage of tanker drivers, so the government sent new improvised drivers recruited from the Army.
Basic foods are also lacking. Several supermarket shelves are empty due to a shortage of professionals in the supply chain; the majority were foreigners who are now unable to work there due to the United Kingdom’s departure from the European community. At least 17% of British people have not been able to buy basic food due to lack of supply in establishments in recent weeks.
“We are now embarking on a long-overdue change of direction in the UK economy,” Johnson said, but the numbers don’t prove him right. The unions give an account that 100,000 truckers and another 15,000 butchers are missing. But Johnson issued just 5,000 temporary visas, of which just over 100 applications were received.
“Brexit supposes a restriction on the free market and a restriction on the free movement of workers. The problem is that this flexibility already disappears. The United Kingdom has become a less attractive country than before, ”José Martínez, a political scientist, told France 24.
The Institute for Labor Studies estimates that the UK has a deficit of 900,000 workers. “This is being driven by large drops in the participation of older and younger people, along with continued wide employment gaps for people with disabilities and people with health problems,” said Tony Wilson, director of IES (Institute for Employment Studies).
For its part, hiring registered an increase of 207,000 workers on the payroll between August and September to a record of 29.2 million. That is 122,000 more than the level recorded in February 2020.