New data shows that half of UK employers looking to recruit for permanent roles expect to find a shortage of candidates – 5 points higher than in the same period last year (March – June 2017), with construction and health & social care being the sectors registering most concern, according to the Recruitment and Employment Confederation’s latest JobsOutlook report.
REC chief executive Neil Carberry says:
‘The underlying trend on hiring is still positive. Amidst the political maelstrom, employers are focused on growing their businesses – and are finding that there are opportunities out there for firms with great product.’
‘But we are starting to see the effects of rising uncertainty. Candidate shortage is likely to be caused by a combination of people being less willing to take a chance on a move, and a falling trend or workers coming from the EU – especially in sectors like construction and hospitality. The move to hiring more temporary rather than permanent staff also reflects employers’ sense that they need to be flexible to adapt to whatever outcome we reach on Brexit.’
‘To protect jobs and hiring, businesses across the country will be looking for the government to secure a deal on Brexit that delivers the transition period and simple, ongoing access to the EU workers who can help keep our key industries growing in a time of labour shortage.’