Jobs toll from foot and mouth expected to affect all sectors

foot and mouth outbreak is likely to cause layoffs in businesses beyond the
farming and tourism sectors, employers have warned.

crisis has started to have a knock-on effect in all sectors of the economy,
warned Rachel Burns, policy adviser at the British Chambers of Commerce.

said companies as diverse as haulage firms and sporting accessories providers
were being hit by the restrictions caused by the disease.

said, “Our concern is that people could lose their jobs and then move, meaning
companies would lose their skills base.”

Ireland Electricity, for example, has redeployed staff to their home areas
where possible to minimise travelling.

English Tourism Council estimates the disease is costing tourism £100m a week.

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