Alex Massie

Department of Employment: Jobs Scots won’t do?

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Looming crisis in the countryside requires immediate action:

Efforts are being made to reverse a decline in sheep shearers in Scotland.

The workforce is ageing, with fewer young people entering what is considered one of the most labour-intensive jobs in farming...

"There aren't enough young shearers doing the job. Because it is a physical job and involves travel, it is really a young person's job.

"We are also competing with other jobs, some of them less physical than ours."

He added: "There are an awful lot of us heading into our 40s and the average age of shearers must be in the 30s."

More details here, including claims that shearers face "burnt-out" and that the strength of the and new, more complicated work-permit regulations make it more difficult for shearers from New Zealand and Australia to work in the UK.

Written byAlex Massie

Alex Massie is Scotland Editor of The Spectator. He also writes a column for The Times and is a regular contributor to the Scottish Daily Mail, The Scotsman and other publications.

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