Britain’s vote to leave the EU has complicated life for Murphy. A steady stream of continental Europeans who for years have taken up hundreds of thousands of positions in the hospitality business and other industries has started to dry up.
“It’s definitely getting worse. The lead time to fill a chef vacancy at the moment … could be anything between two and six months,” said Murphy, whose Knight Benton Recruitment agency is based in the small town of Cleator Moor.
By contrast finding a chef last year would take two months at most, he told Reuters.
Citizens of the remaining European Union states – from Italians and Spanish to Poles and Romanians – face losing their automatic right to live in Britain...