Combat staff shortages by relaxing Brexit immigration rules, says CBI

Business lobby group warns failure to act will put UK’s economic recovery from Covid crisis at risk

The UK’s biggest business lobby group has called on the government to relax post-Brexit immigration rules to help companies struggling with staff shortages to hire more workers from overseas.

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) said the government needed to immediately update its “shortage occupations list” to include several areas where employers are finding it difficult to recruit staff, including butchers, bricklayers and welders.

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