British employers call for immigration to fill more than a million vacancies


Brexit has intensified the manpower problem that already affected the United Kingdom. So much so that the country currently has one million vacant jobs and Serious problems of shortage of qualified or specialized labor in many sectors. The British employers’ association CBI has asked the Conservative government on Monday to allow the entry of more immigrants to fill these vacancies and thus boost the economy.

The director of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), which represents some 190,000 companies, Tony Danker, has stated in statements to the BBC that Immigration “is one of those springs that allows growth to increase”. “I recognize that it is a difficult decision for conservative politicians,” said Danker, from Birmingham (in central England) before the start of the two-day annual congress of the business organization.

“The reason it’s so important is that we have over a million job openings in this country and there are about 600,000 people who are now long-term ill and that they will not return to the labor market in the short term,” he declared. boost growth in the UK, which is facing a year of recession.

The UK unemployment rate is at a low of 3.6% and numerous companies, including Spanish ones, complain about the impossibility of finding both qualified and temporary staff. For its part, the “Tory” government of Rishi Sunak, dominated by supporters of Brexit, refuses to relax immigration policy, amid pressure from the most right wing of the formation.

This, while the British economy has registered a contraction of 0.2% in the third quarter and it looks like a recession, according to the preliminary estimate published last week by the National Statistics Office (ONS). The drop in GDP in the quarter reflects the impact of the contraction of 0.6% during the month of September, when the State funeral in tribute to Elizabeth II affected business activity. The context has been notably complicated for the country, which has seen inflation soar to 11.1% in October, its highest level in 41 years.


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