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Fife worker registrations down by a third as SNP warn of Brexit-fuelled staff shortages

Anti-Brexit supporters on College Green in Westminster, London.
Anti-Brexit supporters on College Green in Westminster, London.

Fears have been raised that Brexit is leading to major staff shortages after worker registrations fell by nearly a quarter in Tayside and Fife.

The SNP pointed the finger at “narrow-minded Brexit rhetoric” for the decline, which they say risks leaving public services under-staffed.

The number of overseas workers registering for National Insurance fell from 7,995 in 2015 to 6,068 last year in Courier Country, a drop of 24%.

That compares with the Scotland decline of 18%, according to SNP analysis of the Department for Work and Pension figures.

In Fife, there are nearly a third (30%) fewer registrations, a steeper drop than in Perth and Kinross (25%), Angus (17%) and Dundee (15%).

Kevin Stewart, the SNP MSP, said: “The UK government’s hostile approach to migration is failing Scotland.

“The Tories’ anti-immigrant obsession and narrow-minded Brexit rhetoric is driving people away from Scotland, putting our economy and vital public services on the line.”

Prime Minister Theresa May has told the Commons: “We remain open to business and to people from around the world, and we will continue to be so under the new immigration system—a skills-based immigration system—that we will be introducing when we leave the EU.”

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