Veggie farm advertises broccoli picking job with hourly rate equivalent to £62,000-a-year

The role, at T H Clements and Son Ltd in Boston, Lincolnshire, is all-year round – different to seasonal picking jobs.

The wage – £30 per hour – equates to £240 per day or £1,200 per week.

The amazing pay rates come amid a severe shortage of low-skilled workers following the departure of many Eastern European labourers.

Haulage and logistics companies, who have claimed to be short of around 100,000 drivers nationwide, have also started offering salaries of up to £78,000 in order to attract new drivers.

Wholesale gas prices have increased by around 250 percent since the start of the year, including a 70 percent rise since August.

Avro Energy and Green Supplier Ltd have collapsed, becoming the latest energy firms effected by the sharp price increase.

A statement by Green Supplier Ltd said “unprecedented market conditions are regulatory failings” were to blame.

On a smaller scale, the crisis has caused panic buying in petrol stations across the nation.

Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps has encouraged people to “carry on as normal”, and has said he will “move heaven and earth to tackle the systematic issue” of HGV driver shortages while speaking to Sky News.

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Calls have been made to ministers to ease rules on emergency immigration measures in a bid to attract drivers from abroad.

Government ministers have drawn up plans to put soldiers on standby in case they are required to drive petrol tankers in the case of a severe crisis.

Mr Shapps said on BBC Breakfast: “If it can actually help, we will bring them in.”

Some say the scenes outside petrol stations stir up memories of the OPEC oil crisis, and the 2000 fuel shortage, sparking the notion of a new ‘winter of discontent’, not seen since 1978.

Ranjit Singh Boporan, the owner of Bernard Matthews and 2 Sisters Food Group, has warned of serious fallout.

He said: “There are less than 100 days left until Christmas and Bernard Matthews and my other poultry businesses are working harder than ever before to try and recruit people to maintain food supplies.”

“Nothing has fundamentally changed since I spoke about the issue last July. In fact, I take no pleasure in pointing out that the gaps on the shelves I warned about then are getting bigger by the day,” he told Sky News.

Across the continent, European papers have labelled the UK as ‘The kingdom of empty shelves’, clearly pointing the root cause of the issue squarely at the foot of Brexit, with the French paper, Liberation summing up in their title ‘Brexit – The future that failed to deliver’.

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