Brexit shopping list: what we may be short of on the shelves

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Can you live without your cherished food items?  Bacon is at the top of many peoples shopping list but unfortunately it is likely to be in short supply post Brexit.

Potatoes also stand to be in short supply as we surprisingly import over 50% of our potato supplies (especially in the winter months).  What? No chips with my fish….don’t talk rubbish!

The reality is we are heading for winter and import the lions share of our fruit, veg and meats through EU channels hence why the 31st October is just terrible timing to leave the EU Trading Bloc.

So here are a few essential items to stock up on:

  • Bacon – We import much of our bacon through European countries.  So much so that Greggs have been stockpiling it in huge quantities within sizeable warehouses for weeks!
  • Potatoes – In the early part of our winter season we import potatoes from Belgium and Netherlands
  • Wood/logs for a fire burner – Energy could be badly affected
  • Fruit – Frozen fruit for shakes – the UK currently imports approx 35% of all fruit
  • Vegetables – We’re heading into the winter months and are heavily reliant on the EU for our vegetables.  What items freeze well.  Broccoli, Spinach (ok for curries after frozen), carrots and peas (and of course sweetcorn).  All of these items do not lose their nutritional value when frozen.
  • Sugar

and finally….

  • Energy

Yes the UK imports approximately 50% of it’s energy and has done since 2004.  Thus meaning that whatever you buy to freeze or keep cool may well start costing you a heck of a lot more.  Worse still, there may be intermittent power cuts.  So either invest in a mini power generator to keep your fridge/camping fridge going….and of course, lots of coal for your BBQ.  No joke, power cuts are not a rarity and have been used in the past, so to be sure to have that back up source.

Here’s your post NO DEAL BREXIT survival list

  • Coal/briquettes 
  • Logs/dried for wood burner 
  • BBQ
  • Firelighters
  • Lighters/matches
  • Candles
  • Mini power generator for your fridge
  • Invest in a camping fridge as the generator powering your American (size of a mini metro) style fridge will burn through it’s fuel supply pretty quickly!
  • Some fish wire and sticks to build traps for the Rabbits (if you’re writing this one down, you’re an idiot)
  • Pain killers – In some circles we have heard that Ibuprofen may be affected

 

The U.K imports 40% of its food source.  And as such, here’s a practical experiment for you…walk around your supermarket and try to imagine what the shelves would look like almost half bare.  Ok, so fast forward to the check out.  What would your bill look like if it was between 20 % and 40% higher?

Regardless of the cost, look into your shelves and imagine the food that could be missing and think of alternatives to stock up on.

Good news, we need good news.  The below food items are unaffected!

  1. Whisky
  2. Beer
  3. Chocolate (heavily stockpiled but once that runs out, it’s hugely at risk)

Back to the serious stuff; we all need proper food sustenance and cannot live on beer alone.  After all, we have all tried that here at Interface back in circa 1995.  Not healthy.

Around a third of all food we consume comes from the EU.  We of course means we could see 30% of our food items vanish or become really, very expensive.  Olive Oil is already a huge cost, try adding £2.00 to a bottle and you’ll be back cooking with lard before you know it.

Lets get back to those food shortages:

  • Salad – in the autumn/winter months we import nearly all of our salad from Spain, 90% in fact.
  • Yoghurt – nearly all Yoghurt is imported and has a short shelf life -ask Arla foods, they seem concerned.  Their MD stated this year that Yoghurt could become a luxury item!
  • Milk – we import billions of litres of Milk from mainland Eire.
  • Pasta and rice – mostly Italian wheat grown in milder climbs
  • Meat – is the second biggest risk in terms of imports, the largest single item import from the EU is Irish Beef.

All in all it’s hard to write an exhaustive list and these are the main items we have noticed after weeks of research, noting comments from company MD’s to agriculture associations and economists/university professors that are specialists in global food supply and security aka ‘the experts’

Clean code or clean cars….the choice is yours…

Fastest Growing Jobs in the UK.

As I watch my children take their first steps into School my mind wonders to where education will take them and ultimately what career choices will be open to them. Recent data from Indeed (the largest job website in the world) would suggest technology is a really good sector to future proof your career showing a huge increase in requirements for IT Engineers (33.7% increase from April 2018), Product Design in technology (31.8%) and Mobile Developer (28.2%).

However, the numbers also indicates a significant increase in the demand for Salon Assistants, CNC Machinists, Assistant Teachers, Recruitment Assistants, Conveyancing Assistants and Car Wash Attendants. Clearly this is not regional data but something that would be useful to have a chat with your children about to show the importance of paying attention in technology class.

“OK Son, clean code or clean cars….the choice is yours”

Data reference The Recruiting Times

Full Article:

These are the fastest growing jobs in the UK

Cobol – Happy 60th Birthday (but….not dead yet, with millions of lines of code still being written everyday!)

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As recruiters we often lose sight of legacy languages as our clients ask that we focus on the new shiny toy in the box; which usually means the newest version of .Net or a trendy new Microsoft development focused framework.

It is worth noting that what underpins the very foundation of society could still be the grandfather of code, Cobol.  Major government and financial institutions still have millions of lines of Cobol code embedded into the very core of their operation.  Code that still performs invaluable tasks and is perhaps the very foundation of their entire organisation.

The facts are that 95% of ATM cash transactions rely on Cobol, even today. And the approx level of Cobol developers comes to 2 million that are active in the working world; developers that are, as we speak, writing 1.5 million lines of Cobol code – per day!

Here we have attached two interesting blogs about the history of the ‘parent’ language and how it has stood the test of time and may well continue to do so, for many years to come.

Cobol – a history of the language

Happy 60th birthday Cobol