Covid staff shortage could shut meat production lines

The staff shortage crisis continues to grow, with up to one in ten members of staff in meat processing plants being required to self isolate.

These shortages are causing havoc, with concerns that some companies could be forced to shut down entirely due to insufficient staffing, warns Nick Allen, chief executive of the British Meat Processors Association (BMPA).

This shortage however, was prevalent even before the pandemic hit. Brexit has caused a large disruption in staffing levels in the meat industry due to many employees drawing 80% of their staff from the European Union.

“We’ve been calling on the government for months to add butchers to the Shortage Occupation List, which would allow the industry to temporarily fill these growing vacancies with overseas workers until the current crisis has passed,” Nick Allen said.