UK’s labour crisis a result of pandemic and post-Brexit double whammy

Chronic shortage of workers due to self isolation is masking the challenge for firms struggling to recruit after Brexit

03 August 2021 - 19:59 By Jack Sidders, Deirdre Hipwell, Joe Mayes and Libby Cherry

On the outskirts of the Scottish town of Kirkcaldy is a crop of new houses on their way to completion. There are two large banners pinned to the perimeter fence with a cellphone number: “Bricklayers Required.”

Rather than prices or availability dates, the most visible sign for passing drivers speaks to one of Britain’s biggest challenges post-Brexit. Companies across key parts of the economy just can’t find enough people...

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