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Food manufacturer’s need for automation following Brexit is resulting in a competition for top software and engineering talent. The food industry has labour availability issues which will further exacerbate rising costs associated with the living wage. With little opportunity to raise prices in a challenging retail environment, automation and robotics is the go to approach to cut costs and mitigate labour supply risks.

The food sector employs 400,000 people of which 35% are EU migrants. With question marks over their future rights to work, manufacturers are investing in automation to keep costs down and our production lines running. The Financial Times, succinctly highlighted the issues in the case of James Hook, the owner...

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