The impact of the EU referendum on recruitment in catering, farming and the NHS has already been well documented. Now spare a thought for celebrity dog owners — who are facing a shortage of canine groomers.
Oh noes! Calamity! Won’t someone think of the poor slebs and their doggos?
Jacob van Nieuwkoop’s Purplebone dog beauty parlours in Chelsea and Notting Hill are said to provide services for pets of stars who include David Beckham, Holly Valance, Lily Allen and Gary Barlow.
Former City worker Mr van Nieuwkoop, 52, said before the referendum he received job applications on a weekly basis from EU nationals both in the UK and abroad.
But, in recent months, the number of experienced dog groomers applying to work at the boutiques had fallen to “next to nothing”.
So employ some Brits. And if they won’t do it for the wages you offer, put up your prices so you can offer higher wages.
The business, which grooms about 300 pets a week, now has a seven-week waiting list because it cannot find three members of staff to style the pets.
No, it’s because it can’t find three members of staff at the price it wants to pay for them.
Mr van Nieuwkoop said he faced closing one of its boutiques — which also sells designer dog clothes including bow ties and bandanas — because it was not economically viable.
He says without sufficient staff to cater for a high number of dogs he will not be able to pay the rent.
It could mean the likes of Beckham — whose canine brood includes cocker spaniel Olive, shar-pei Baranby and two bulldogs called Coco and Scarlet — might have to find a new dog groomer.
But won’t they all be facing the same issues?
“We aren’t against employing people from the UK but there aren’t the correct applicants coming forward.”
What’s ‘not correct’ about them? They aren’t qualified? Or they won’t put up with the pay?
Pizza chain Franco Manca’s owners have also highlighted problems recruiting EU workers. Fulham Shore, the company behind the sourdough empire, said in its full-year results that the leave vote had made it difficult to find “skilled European staff”.
This is just the curry chef argument all over again. We have bakers in this country. We’ve had them for hundreds of years.
And now, the more of these arguments and demands to halt Brexit hit the media, the more we start to realise what all those ‘vitally important immigrants so necessary to our industry’ (who increase the housing pressure & NHS waiting lists) are actually doing.
And it’s not what we thought; it’s walking Fido, and cooking fancy pizza and fancy bread for the chattering classes.
Well, sod that! Walk your own dog and eat Hovis. The party’s over.