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UK Labour Shortage Crisis: Jonathan Kittow talks to Food Matters Live

By Jonathan Kittow on 26/07/22 10:30 |


Take a listen to the recent Food Matters’ podcast on Table Talk, where Jonathan Kittow discusses the impact of labour shortages on the food and drink industry and what this means across the supply chain and for consumers. 

What can be done to solve the growing problem of labour shortages in the UK food sector?

The Government’s Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee says chronic shortages could lead to further price rises and the UK becoming more dependent on food imports.

In fact, it says if nothing is done to address the issue, labour shortages will shrink the sector permanently.


This episode of the Food Matters Live podcast, delves into the causes of the crisis, as well as looking at what some of the solutions may be. How big a role are Brexit and Covid playing? Will higher salaries help to alleviate the problems? Is the Government doing enough to help the industry?

And what does the current situation mean for workers? There are more job opportunities available and more bargaining power when it comes to negotiating pay, but other questions remain. If more people within the industry are moving on to better-paid jobs, who is filling the roles they leave behind?

Listen to the full episode for some views on what can be done to relieve some of the pressure in the short, medium, and long term. Thank you @foodmatterslive for inviting us to join the debate.  

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