Just can’t get the staff! TV show recruitment agency struggles to replace foreign workers with Brits

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A Bognor Regis recruitment agency which employs the majority of its staff from eastern Europe has found it difficult to sign up homegrown workers.

And the staff who run the agency, Opus Loco, in the town’s London Road, are set to come to TV screens in a new documentary showcasing the “variety of ways to coax the Brits” into temporary work.

The challenge has arisen, it is said, in light of many of their workers choosing to leave the country in the wake of Brexit.

A blurb for the Channel 4 show, which airs on Thursday (10pm-11.05pm), says: “Opus Loco specialises in providing businesses with temporary workers. But with 98 per cent of their workforce from eastern Europe, the agency now faces a challenge as many are choosing to leave the UK. In the wake of Brexit, it’s time for the team to take drastic action and find some hard working Brits to enrol.

“Run by three ‘Leave’ voting women, the glamorous trio balance lengthy nail bar sessions, online dating, missing pets and UKIP rallies with the demands of a huge range of clients who need all kinds of temporary workers, from landscape gardeners, catering and warehouse staff.

“The ladies use their charm, wit and brute strength in a variety of ways to coax the Brits they find into the workplace. But take up for temporary work isn’t as forthcoming as they hoped and as the 18-yea- old son of one of them says, ‘I’d rather just hang out with me girlfriend than get a job’. But Opus Loco has no intention of giving up.”

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Carl Eldridge
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