Businesses who find it difficult to recruit staff should offer higher salaries, said immigration minister Mark Harper.
Harper was speaking in response to comments made by Lance Batchelor, chief executive of Domino's Pizza who complained that he has been unable to fill 1,000 vacancies as the result of the tightening of immigration rules from 1 January, involving Romanians and Bulgarians working in the UK. He said that British staff are not interested in applying for the jobs as cooks and drivers.
"There are a huge number of jobs at the bottom end of the service industry, and not enough people in the UK who want to work for them," said Batchelor, who is leaving Domino's Pizza to become chief executive of the Saga Group in May next year.
However, according to BBC News, Harper said that Domino's should reflect on the salaries it is offering and suggested the Batchelor should "probably pay his staff a little more" if he wants to recruit new employees.
Harper told the Commons Home Affairs Committee: "Mr Batchelor was talking about hiring people in his particular pizza chain. And it seems to me that if you have jobs available and you can't fill them, he perhaps ought to just reflect on the salary package that he's offering".
He added: "He should probably pay his staff a little more and then he might find them easier to recruit then. It's a market."
Mr Harper said the Government would not make it easier to bring in "relatively unskilled" workers from "outside the European Union just so that he can keep his wages low.
"He runs a profitable business. He should pay what the market demands."