The government has announced a new visa scheme for HGV drivers, poultry workers and pork butchers. As part of the scheme, 5,000 HGV drivers, 5,500 poultry workers and 800 pork butchers will be eligible to work in the UK for a limited period of time. The pork and poultry visas are valid until 31 December 2021, with the HGV driver visa valid until 28 February 2022.
For businesses looking to hire HGV drivers or poultry workers, more information can be found here. The CBI is working to find out more information about how firms access the pork butcher visas.
To further ease supply chain problems, the government also announced changes to cabotage rules, which affect the number of deliveries overseas lorry drivers can make in the UK. The changes mean that drivers will be able to make unlimited deliveries or collections within a 14-day period instead of the two pick-ups or drop-offs that are normally allowed ea