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Most companies trying to hire new staff are struggling to find workers

by Arifa Rana

According to the British Chambers of Commerce, recruitment issues are harming jobs at all levels.

According to recent research, more than two-thirds of UK businesses looking to hire new employees are having difficulty finding qualified candidates.

A poll of 5700 businesses indicated that industries impacted hard by the coronavirus, such as hotels and caterers, were planning to hire more people.

According to the British Chambers of Commerce, the most companies attempting to hire were in the production, manufacturing, and construction industries.

Those having difficulty recruiting in recent months grew to 70% from a little more than half at the end of 2020, according to the report.

“As businesses are released from lockdown constraints, the skills and labor shortages that existed prior to the epidemic are reappearing,” said Jane Gratton of the BCC.

“Recruitment difficulties at all skill levels are holding back the encouraging increase in job creation across the manufacturing and service sectors, jeopardizing growth and productivity.

“Whether workers have moved to a different sector, changed their working patterns, or left the UK during the recession, businesses are having trouble finding the personnel they require. Business, government, and the skills system must collaborate to discover solutions.

“Adopting more remote and flexible working patterns will assist businesses in attracting talent from a larger pool.”

According to a separate research by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) and KPMG, demand for permanent and temporary workers has increased at a “unprecedented” rate.

“The jobs market is improving at the highest rate we have ever seen, but it is still an unpredictable time,” said Neil Carberry, CEO of REC. We can’t say how much the end of the furlough and increased candidate confidence will assist fulfill the increased need for personnel.”

Despite the fact that recruitment activity increased in June, the availability of workers decreased, according to the report, which was based on survey responses from over 400 job agencies.

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