Seafood processors urged to take Brexit survey

09 Nov 2017
Seafish labour

A Seafish survey this year found 66% of UK seafood processing sites employed workers from other EU countries

A seafood processor survey seeks to establish labour availability in the UK and the potential impact of Brexit.

In response to industry and government requests, Seafish will collect workforce and labour availability information in a series of annual surveys, which will be used to inform government decisions about the sector.

Chief economist at Seafish, Hazel Curtis, said: “We are aiming to ensure government decisions in the run up to Brexit are well-informed by robust quantitative and qualitative data and analysis, concerning labour and associated business practices throughout the UK seafood processing sector.”

High dependency

In early 2017, a labour nationality survey by Seafish found 66% of UK seafood processing sites employed workers from other EU countries. The same data revealed 42% of the 10,000 employees in the survey were from other EU countries.

Seafish said it is aware that multiple businesses have expressed concerns about labour availability and the flow of workers into the seafood processing sector slowing in recent months.

Seafish’s Seafood Processing Labour Reports will track trends in the number, proportion and ease of recruiting both UK and non-UK workers in the seafood processing sector in the period before and immediately after the UK leaves the EU.

These reports will focus on the nationality of permanent, temporary and seasonable workers.

The first survey will begin during November 2017 and evidence from this will be supplied to the Migration Advisory Committee.

Additional quarterly update questionnaires will help collect data on the ease or difficulty of recruiting, staff turnover and the business impacts of changes in labour availability.