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MPs to examine Scottish labour market post-Brexit

11 November 2021

The Scottish Affairs Committee will be holding a one-off evidence session examining labour shortages in certain sectors in Scotland.


Tuesday 16 November 2021

At 10:30am

  • David Michie, Policy Manager for Crops, National Famers’ Union Scotland (NFUS)
  • Martin Reid, Director of Scotland and Northern Ireland, Road Haulage Association
  • Stephen Montgomery, Chair and Spokesperson, Scottish Hospitality Group

In recent months there have been reports of a UK-wide shortage of HGV drivers and agricultural workers as a result of covid-19 and the post-Brexit immigration system.

This has affected the supply of some goods, with particular concerns about food shortages in the run-up to Christmas. Immigration is reserved, and the UK Government has made clear that businesses should reduce their reliance on foreign labour.

Among the issues likely to be discussed are:

  • The current immigration system, the Shortage Occupation List and temporary visas;
  • How shortages of HGV drivers, seasonal agricultural labour and hospitality workers has affected Scotland;
  • Whether the UK and Scottish governments are doing enough to help businesses access the labour they need.

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