We are so short of workers TV’s Hotel Inspector Alex Polizzi is having to do the housekeeping at her hotel in Sussex. Say Aaaghhh.
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A remarkable thing is happening in the jobs market. And its good news. We don’t have enough people to do the work. That will mean bumper pay rises for those at the bottom.
The reason; It now emerges that 1.3million Europeans left our shore due to a lot of Covid (they preferred to hang around Milan rather than a dingy flat in Clapham) and a good dollop of Brexit.
It has even affected TV’s Hotel Inspector Alex Polizzi who has her own hotel in East Sussex. She has been unable to find staff and is having to work round the clock taking food orders, serving drinks and doing the housekeeping.
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She told the i newspaper; “We had forgotten how much we relied on these enthusiastic professionals from hospitality schools across Europe.”
The more worrying aspect of the shortage is that the government is relaxing the legal limit on drivers’ hours.
The road haulage industry has been badly hit by a lack of drivers and apparently the Transport Secretary has been persuaded that unless the longer hours come in supermarkets may go short of food.
Drivers are typically required to take a 45-minute break after 4.5hours and driving for no more than nine hours in a day. This will be extended to 10 hours with two days a week of 11 hours.
My concern is the legal limit was brought in stop over-tired drivers crashing into motorists. Personally I would prefer less cheese rather than more deaths.
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The Road haulage Association is on my side. “Loading more hours on to drivers who are already exhausted is not the answer.” They want to encourage driver from the EU to come here with special visas. Seems like a good idea to me.
If we are short of certain skills we should be flexible enough to bring in people from abroad. After all we do it for nurses right now.
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