The last few months have seen a labour supply shortage that is having a significant impact in general and on the food and drinks sector in particular. The shortage has been gradually escalating for a few years, with summer 2021 seeing it come into full effect as a result of the UK’s new immigration policy.
The Association of Labour Providers has referred to the situation as “tipping into crisis” and its effects are being felt across the food industry, causing reductions in output, exports and distribution. As a result, the British public is noticing shortages of particular food products and empty shelves in supermarkets across the nation.
There is also growing concern over food waste, food inflation and a reduction in animal welfare, which are risks imposed by this lack of low skilled and manual workers. However, there are multiple ways for your business to get through this difficult period, which we’ve outlined below.
The ALP recently released a new policy paper called ‘Addressing UK Food Industry Labour Shortages’. Some of its main points are as follows:
Prestige Recruitment can help
We understand that this is a difficult and stressful time for businesses within the food industry. The key takeaway is that every employer must adopt a proactive approach, as this will minimise the effects of the UK labour shortage and allow your company to maintain top levels of productivity, quality and service delivery.
Our recruitment specialists are always available to discuss your requirements and develop a tailored strategy for recruiting new workers. From pickers/packers and warehouse operatives to maintenance engineers, stock controllers, HGV drivers and factory managers, we’ll ensure that you stay on top of demand through powerful recruitment campaigns.
Prestige Recruitment can also support the development of your working policies and help you to maintain best practice even during the most turbulent times. This can include offering guidance on how to create and amend contracts, adopt a hybrid working policy where suitable, remain compliant in line with new regulations, and put in place a system that protects employee welfare.
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If your business operates within the food industry and you’re looking for a responsible and effective recruitment partner, get in touch with our specialists today. For practical advice and invaluable support, please call your closest branch or use our contact form.