Food & Drink Process & Packaging Issue 15 2017 - Page 32

UK food manufacturing facing uncertain future over worker availability as Brexit looms FOOD manufacturing in the UK must This unfolding labour problem, – one that provides good quality react to safeguard its existence coupled with a food manufacturing jobs and long-term careers for the against a growing crisis in securing skills shortage and the fact the majority of its workers or one that a workforce for the future, warns a sector is often viewed as an is subject to the vagaries of world stark new report. unattractive career option for many markets which are often dependent young people, should force the food on low-skill, low paid work.” The sector is being squeezed by the twin challenges of a potential labour shortage if the supply of EU migrants dries up after Brexit, and the need to recruit up to 140,000 new workers by 2024. That is the striking reality evidenced in a briefing paper, entitled ‘Earning a Crust: A review of labour trends in UK food manufacturing’, co-produced by Manchester Metropolitan University for the Food Research Collaboration, an initiative of the Centre for Food Policy at City, University of London. With nearly a third of the UK food manufacturing workforce – some 117,000 employees - made up of EU migrants, food manufacturing has become hugely dependent on these industry to re-think its approach to recruitment, food manu ɥ)ɕ́ձѥѕ䰁܁)ɽՍ)QɽՍѡɕаȁ5ɱ)ѡȁȁ5!͵)䁕Ёѽȁ)QMхIа)ȁɥ5ɱ䰁I͕ɍչՕ䁍͕)܁Ё5ѕȁ5ɽхѕͥٔЁѥݽɭɍ)Uٕͥ䁅ѡȁѡфɹ)ɕ͕ɍͅ胊q Ѡѡ䁵ՙɥѥѡɝ)ٕɹЁ́ѼɕЁѼՙɥ͕ѽȁѡU,)ѡ̸͔QݥѼ)ɕ͠䁽ȁѡɔ)ɔɕɥѥ́TɅ)ȁٕЁɕѕȁѽѥ)ѡݥ͔ѡU,ձ͕)́ɥ͔ٕɔ)ɕЁѕt+q]ѡ͔ɔͥ)̰ݔ͡ձͼ͕ѡ)́չѥ̸)Q䁙չѥձȁ)͕ͥ́ɕѕѼͭ)͡х̰䰁͕ɥ䰁ɕ)ɽɕͥݽɭѥ̰)ѡɽՍѥѥ)ѕ̸)Qѡ́ͅѡЁٕɹ)͡ձͥȁѡ)ЁЁɵɭ)́ѡȁɕѥ͡ݥѠ)ݽɭ̰ݡɔѕѕɕq]Ѽ́ͽ䁵ՙɕѡɕ)ܵ䁽ȁչͭɽ̸ݡЁѕݔ݅Ё͔ܵͭ܁ݽɭ(ȁA@ܹլ