Bosses ask for flexibility in hiring foreigners

Employers are asking for flexibility in recruiting foreigners

“Standing around and waiting for scarcity to resolve is not the best way to manage the economy. We need to address short-term economic needs and long-term economic reform simultaneously.”The Director-General of the Central Bank of Iraq, Tony Dunker, said in a statement.

The organization, which represents 190,000 companies with more than seven million employees, wants the government to expand the list of specific professions that ease restrictions on foreign employment, to include, for example, heavy vehicle drivers, welders, butchers and masons.

Other jobs identified as deficient are fruit and flower picking, cleaning, cooking, scaffolding or carpentry.

The list set by the government, which eases requirements for granting work visas, consists mainly of qualified professionals, such as scientists, engineers, informatics, health professionals, veterinarians or architects.

Dunker accepts the need to train and hire more British workers, but argues this is taking time and that “temporary and targeted interventions” are needed and warns that the crisis could last as long as two years in some cases. ??????

Sectors such as restaurants, transport and food processing have complained in recent weeks of a shortage of workers, blaming a “perfect storm” caused by the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and the post-Brexit immigration system implemented since the start of the year, which is complicating the entry of Europeans into the UK.

The shortage of truck drivers, many of whom are Europeans who have returned to their countries during the pandemic, has led supermarket chains such as Tesco and Asda to offer initial prizes of £1,000 (€1,167) to attract applicants.

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Many British shops and restaurants have also experienced shortages of products, such as drinks, due to problems with the logistics of transporting goods, which is also likely to delay the start of the flu vaccination campaign in the UK due to a lack of vaccines. .

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