The pub industry is 'concerned' about Brexit staff shortages

  • Pub chain Young’s is “concerned” about the impact of Brexit negotiations are having on its ability to attract and retain staff.
  • “We remain concerned around the impact that the Brexit negotiations are having on the pub industry, especially in relation to attracting and retaining the best people in our pubs,” said the statement.

LONDON — Pub chain Young’s is “concerned” about the impact of Brexit negotiations are having on its ability to attract and retain staff.

In a half-year trading update on Thursday, the group said it had a “strong start” to its financial year but echoed warnings from other business leaders that the government’s rhetoric on curbing immigration after Brexit could be deterring European workers, on which the UK’s service sector is dependent.

“We remain concerned around the impact that the Brexit negotiations are having on the pub industry, especially in relation to attracting and retaining the best people in our pubs,” said the statement.

“The political environment remains unpredictable and this ongoing uncertainty is unhelpful when it comes to the strength of the broader economy.”

The group said year-on-year revenue was up 6% to £144.1 million for the 26 weeks to October 2, while operating profit was up 0.4% to £25 million. Shares were flat in early-morning trading.

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