Construction industry experts have warned government that ongoing labour shortages could last another two years.
Tony Danker, Director General of the CBI, said the challenge extends beyond the shortage of HGV drivers and called on government to act urgently to mitigate the economic impacts of the labour shortage.
He said: “Labour shortages are biting right across the economy. While the CBI and other economists still predict growth returning to pre-pandemic levels later this year, furlough ending is not the panacea some people think will magically fill labour supply gaps.
“These shortages are already affecting business operations and will have a negative impact on the UK’s economic recovery.
“Other European countries are also experiencing staffing shortages as their economies bounce back. In the UK, many overseas workers left during the pandemic and new immigration rules make replacing those who left more complex.”
Read the full statement here.