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Stockpiling has led to lack of workers, says BRG

The national shortage of workers is being exacerbated as companies over-produce due to ‘no-deal’ Brexit fears. Berry Recruitment Group (BRG) says 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.

Lee Gamble (pictured), managing director of Berry Recruitment – one of the group’s three brands – said, “There has been a shortage of candidates – particularly temporary workers – for a number of years. 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.

“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.”

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