Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Pret A Manger faces post-Brexit staff crisis, with 65% currently from the EU

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Pret A Manger has said Brexit would lead to a serious staffing crisis across the high street chain, with its human resources boss saying only one in 50 employees is British.

The popular food-to-go retailer‘s HR chief Andrea Wareham told a government committee last night that staff come from 110 different nationalities, with 65 per cent of the non-UK employees being EU citizens.

“I would say that one in 50 people that apply to our company to work is British,” Wareham told the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee.

“If I had to fill all our vacancies in British-only applicants I would not be able to fill them… because of a lack of applications.”


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Wareham also doubted higher wages would attract UK citizens to apply.

“I actually don‘t think increasing pay would do the trick, I can only talk for Pret on this, but we do pay well above the National Living Wage, we do have great benefits and we offer fantastic careers,” she said.

“It really is a case of do people want to work in our industry?

“We are not seen always as a desirable place to work and I think that‘s the trick.”

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