The shortage of works has been exacerbated by the pandemic in the UK, which is why the government is offering more than 10,500 foreign workers temporary work visas.
Before now though, the UK government had previously stopped issuing visas to foreign workers, but the minister is making a U-turn to tackle the low supply chain disruptions ahead of Christmas.
According to a statement issued by the government, that 5,000 heavy goods vehicle (HGV) drivers and 5,500 poultry workers have been added to the existing visa scheme until Christmas “to ease supply chain pressures in food and haulage industries during exceptional circumstances this year.”
It was also added in the statement that up to 4,000 people will be trained as new HGV drivers “to help tackle skills shortages and support more people to launch careers within the logistics sector,” and nearly 1 million letters will be sent to all drivers who hold an HGV license, “encouraging them back into the industry”.
Further Consequences of UK Shortage of skilled Workers
Even with the COVID-19 cases, the UK may have seen the situation to be unbearable, especially with the tanker drivers shortage that has caused large queues at petrol stations in recent days, as people ignore government pleas not to panic-buy fuel after some garages closed due to the lack of deliveries.
This also has led to empty supermarket shelves.
The Way Out for the UK Government
As the Government is committed to doing everything possible to help the haulage and food industries contend with the HGV driver shortage, the industry needs to play its part with working conditions and the deserved salary increases continuing to be maintained in order for companies to retain new drivers. The UK Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said in the statement.
How to Apply for the UK 10,500 Foreign Work Visas
Your UK visa application will depend on your intent, country of origin, and skill. But already as you know that your UK visa application will work visa, thus, you can work in the UK on a short or long-term basis with a work visa. There are many types of work visas.
The UK work visa varies base on:
- your skills and qualifications
- your job offer and sponsorship (if you had any)
- if you want to bring your family with you
- what you’ll be doing – for example truck drivers, poultry workers, sporting, charitable or religious work, etc. But in this case, this becomes your option since you want to apply for the UK’s invitation for the worker shortages challenging them, in the UK.
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