The UK government will not introduce any new visa schemes for agriculture and food businesses that are facing acute staff shortages, nor will it take additional action to increase access to foreign labor amid crippling staff shortages across the agricultural sector. Instead of easing immigration rules, government ministers are telling UK firms to improve pay and working conditions in hopes of recruiting staff domestically.
One UK government source stated: "…in order to move to a high-wage, high-skilled economy, businesses should invest in their workforce and improve pay and conditions."
A government spokesperson said they were "closely monitoring labor supply" but "the government encourages all sectors to make employment more attractive to UK domestic workers through offering training, careers options, wage increases, and investment."
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