Brexit’s impact on UK’s hospitality industry ‘huge’ as European workforce denied chances, says top Northern Ireland chef Clare Smyth 03/07/2022
Northern Ireland’s highest-honoured chef has described the impact of Brexit on the UK’s European hospitality workforce as ‘huge’. / "But Brexit has been huge. The whole industry is missing the European workforce."
He also criticised the UK government and what he called “the disaster” of Brexit, which had stopped airlines easily recruiting European workers, and thus worsened staff shortages this summer. “This is without doubt one of the inevitable consequences of the disaster that has been Brexit,” he said.
Rural voters say they’re being neglected by the government – and farmers are disgruntled too, warning that rising costs could lead to food shortages… and that post-Brexit trade deals will see them losing out to cheap imports.
Labour shortages, Brexit and war in Ukraine will lead to rising construction costs, says survey 30/06/2022
Labour shortages, Brexit red tape and the war in Ukraine will lead to further increases in construction costs in the UK, according to a major survey.
Sectors from fishing to aviation, farming to science report being bogged down in red tape, struggling to recruit staff and racking up losses for the first time.
"This gov't couldn't run a sweet shop. ... hamstrung by a gov't so desperate to show Brexit has been a success, when it's been an abject failure..." - O'Leary 21/06/2022
Boss of @Ryanair, O'Leary: "This gov't couldn't run a sweet shop. We are fully staffed. But we are hide-bound and hamstrung by a gov't so desperate to show Brexit has been a success, when it's been an abject failure, it won't allow us to bring in EU workers to do these jobs."
The ‘thousands of jobs’ affected by Brexit have added to travel chaos at UK airports, the boss of Ryanair has said.
EasyJet had 8,000 applications from EU citizens – but had to turn them down because of Brexit 21/06/2022
EasyJet reportedly had to turn down thousands of job applications from EU citizens because of Brexit.
Brexit ‘completely’ to blame for airport chaos, says Ryanair boss – predicting summer-long disruption 21/06/2022
'This government couldn’t run a sweet shop', says Michael O’Leary,
Ryanair chief says flight disruption to last through summer - and blames Brexit labour market issues 21/06/2022
Airlines and airports are facing the effects of staff shortages in vital areas such as baggage handling and security, just as the peak summer travel period approaches.
The Brexit effect is easy to see in UK universities. A continuing failure to agree UK association with the Horizon Europe research programme has put eligibility to conduct EU-funded research in the UK in a precarious position, undermining international collaborations and prompting some academics to relocate to the mainland.
"Thirty per cent of the people who worked in UK aviation before the covid pandemic were EU nationals."
‘Pre-pandemic we would have turned down 2-2.5 per cent because of nationality issues. Now it’s 35-40 per cent,’ says Johan Lundgren.
Certain UK flights will be operated on aircraft leased from Spain, Finland, Latvia and Lithuania.
THOUSANDS of construction workers are needed in Scotland, according to new figures from the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB).
British food prices are set to surge 15% this summer and will remain high for at least a year, in a further blow to hard-pressed consumers already struggling with the cost-of-living crisis, according to a report released on Thursday.
Business owners have blamed Brexit for a staffing crisis on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile as the tourist season is set to get under way.
Chief exec of BT’s Openreach has said the UK’s ability to roll out superfast broadband has become increasingly difficult because of “tortuous” recruitment hurdles as a result of Brexit.
Brexit caused “a perfect storm” of extra paperwork, labour shortages and financial difficulties for the fishing industry, a damning new report has found.
UK fishing industry reports Brexit woes 13/06/2022
Brexit was welcomed by many in the UK fishing industry, but overwhelmingly it is now a cause for anger and disappointment. So says a report from the House of Commons All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Fisheries, which sets out the results of a survey of the sector.
It’s not easy to wipe the trademark grin off Richard Branson’s face, but one way is to ask the British billionaire about the challenges facing his home country.
UKHospitality estimates that shortages are suppressing economic activity in hospitality alone by £22bn - with the pandemic hangover and Brexit adding to an existing problem of finding skilled - and even unskilled - staff.
The airlines asked for help from the government to ease their staff shortage situation, but were turned down.
“It is now more difficult to recruit staff from the European Union due to post-Brexit government requirements, although social care carers are now on the government’s shortage occupancy list."