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Staff shortages could last two years

The shortage of workers that is affecting supply chains across Britain could last for up to two years, according to the business body, the Confederation of British Industry.
Industries from pig farming to fast food have said the lack of skilled staff is disrupting their business.
The CBI said the shortages would harm the UK's economic recovery.
It said the government should adopt a more flexible policy on immigration to tackle the problem.
The disruption has already prompted firms, including McDonald's, Wetherspoons, Ikea and supermarket Iceland, to say they are falling short of some supplies. Some firms told the CBI they thought it would take two years for the shortages to be eliminated.
"The CBI has heard from companies actively cutting capacity because they can't meet demand, like the hoteliers limiting the number of bookable rooms because they don't have enough housekeeping staff and can't get linen laundered," said CBI director general Tony Danker.
"Meanwhile some restaurant owners have had to choose between lunchtime and evening services when trying to make the most of summer."
The problems have been blamed on the furlough scheme keeping some staff out of circulation, the pandemic more broadly, and EU workers leaving the UK following Brexit.

Staff shortages could last two years, says CBI - BBC News
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