With as many as 63% of staff on the factory floor in some food processing businesses being EU nationals, a recent report from the CBI suggestsa radical approach towards new immigration rules is needed. Predicting that there will be a major shortage of workers in the sector if the system is not overhauled, the report recommends that the focus in future should be on measuring contribution of workers, rather than being solely concerned with net migration statistics.
Another recommendation is for a system which is used currently in parts of the EU, where there is a registration system.
Guarantees are needed that the UK food industry is not to face prohibitive expense to use EU labour and face problems with staff gaining entry to the UK.
According to a Confederation of British Industry (CBI) report, 30% of workers in the domestic food and drink industry, the largest manufacturing sector in the UK, are EU migrant workers.