Pitstop Truckstop in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, has become the latest small business to fall victim to the UK’s staff shortage crisis. Donal Dickson, who has run the restaurant for nine years, stressed he ‘had really tried’ to find new staff but agreed with recent research which found fewer people were coming to the UK United after Brexit.

Mr Dickson, who now works in a petrol garage, said: “I just can’t find staff so I had to shut it down at the end. If I want to run a proper business I need to have enough of staff.

“It’s too hard to find someone at the moment. I really tried, but you can’t find the employees.”

At its peak, the cafe just off the M5 was open from 5.30am to 10pm, serving chips and other hearty snacks, reports Birmingham Live.

The building is now deserted and gathering dust.

Industries from childcare and hospitality to the NHS, airports and airlines have struggled to recruit new staff in recent months.

The National Day Nurseries Association has warned that nurseries are being forced to close or reduce their childcare services due to staffing problems.

There are more vacancies than unemployed in the UK for the first time, according to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) released today. While the unemployment rate for people aged 16 and over from January to March fell to 3.7%, or about 1.26 million. The data suggests that the number of vacancies rose slightly to 1.29 million.

Various reasons cited for staff shortages include the fact that a large number of people over the age of 50 are deciding not to work; young people are studying longer and fewer people are coming to the UK after Brexit.