Brexit and Covid cause farms to be under-staffed

‘Food shortages inevitable in UK’

More items are likely to disappear from the food isles at UK supermarkets, as companies struggle to fill roles after lockdown. A post-Brexit recruitment crisis in many positions – including fruit pickers and delivery drivers – is being exacerbated by the economy opening up again. Customers have already found it hard to get hold of several items. Experts are warning things are inevitably going to get worse.

Staff taking built-up leave over the summer is likely to compound the problem in the coming weeks, while people remaining in the UK for their holidays means there won’t be the usual drop in demand.

According to, there are reports of employees in the hardest-hit sectors being offered huge pay raises and other incentives to stay on in their roles with suppliers warning they are just weeks away from having to cut deliveries.

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