Berry Recruitment Group (BRG) says the national shortage of workers is being exacerbated as companies are now over-producing due to no-deal Brexit fears. According to the company, stockpiling in the last 12 months has led to more available work, especially in temporary positions. While this is good news for those seeking employment it has added to the scarcity of able candidates, potentially impacting upon the economy.
Manufacturers particularly upped production as the prospect of a no-deal Brexit increased and raised questions over their ability to source materials through their existing supply chains.
BRG, works from almost 40 locations across England and Wales, and says the situation is the same in all regions.
“There has been a shortage of candidates – particularly temporary workers – for a number of years,” commented Lee Gamble, managing director of Berry Recruitment. “This was caused by multiple reasons including a growing economy, but it has become worse in the last 12 months as companies prepare for a no-deal Brexit.
“They are over-producing so they have a reserve of stock should they find the post-Brexit landscape lined with hurdles and pit-falls,” he added. “We are seeing an unprecedented demand and there are more opportunities than there are workers. It also means increased competition between recruitment companies for these workers and is a reason why we are successful.
“We are also working very closely with our UK-based EU workers to reassure them and make sure they are aware of their continued working rights via the EU Settlement Scheme,” Gamble says. “This is part of how we are attracting more workers than the competition. Also, agencies using automated systems that lead to much less personal contact with candidates are losing out, and we are benefiting.”
In collusion however Gamble states that candidates cannot be created out of thin air and the longer uncertainty continues the more problematic the situation will become.