What is happening: Supply chains in the UK could be set to lose 20% of their workforce if a no deal Brexit goes ahead.
Workers: Without a preference for EU citizens, workers would have to earn £30,000 per year, however, 88% of logistics workers earn below this. EU workers make up 13% of UK drivers, 19% of warehouse staff, and 25% of wider supply chain operatives.
Qualification: The UK would however be downgrading the qualification level for those looking to move there. Workers would only need a RQF level three to be legible, rather than the original level six.
What did head of skills at the Freight Transport Association, Sally Gibson say: “In the event of no deal, it is very difficult to see how the industry could fill this loss of workers. The proposals have gone out for consultation and we are calling on industry: do lend your voice to this consultation. The wage cap will be especially restrictive for those employed in Northern Ireland and Wales, which both have salaries far below the national average. Our statistics show that of the entire logistics workforce in the UK, 90% are an RQF level 2 or lower, with 88% earning less than £30,000.”