The FDF responds to Efra report on labour shortages in the food supply chain

05 April 2022

A report by the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee suggests chronic labour shortages in the food and farming sector could lead to price rises and the UK becoming more dependent on food imports.


  • Workforce and employment

The FDF’s Director of Policy and Corporate Affairs Jayne Almond said:

“Compounding the inflationary pressures on UK food and drink manufacturers, many businesses continue to struggle with systemic labour shortages. We are pleased the Committee agreed with the FDF that accurate government data on the state of our industry’s workforce is essential to devise the right solutions and make full use of the Shortage Occupation List.

“One such solution is for a long-term strategy on labour and technology that helps us to attract, retrain and upskill our workforce and which supports smaller businesses to invest. The FDF will continue our work with government, skills providers and across the supply chain to attract the new talent we need and ensure people can build fulfilling careers in food and drink, no matter where they are in the UK.”