Franco Manca warns it faces staff shortage because of Brexit

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Pizza chain Franco Manca has claimed Brexit fears have already affected the recruitment of EU workers.

Fulham Shore, the company behind the sourdough empire, claimed in its full-year results that the leave vote had made it difficult to find “skilled European staff”, the Financial Times reported.

Chairman David Page said: “The long-term Brexit impact is unknown; it is, however, already affecting the availability of skilled European restaurant staff.”

He added: “The result of the EU Referendum has created considerable uncertainty of immigration status of EU nationals. 

“To mitigate these issues the Group has invested in its human resources teams and has implemented a number of incentive schemes designed to retain key individuals.”

Fulham Shore also owns The Real Greek restaurants.

The claim comes just months after sandwich chain Pret a Manger warned Brexit would plunge the company into a staffing crisis.

Theresa May has said reducing net migration is a top priority for when Britain leaves the bloc. 

The Office for National Statistics estimates that 68,000 EU nationals are employed in the restaurant and hotel sector across Britain, according to Business Insider.

Talks surrounding the UK’s departure from the EU began on June 18 and are expected to run until October 2018.

Britain is expected to stop being a member of the union on March 29, 2019, two years after Article 50 was triggered.

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