Three-quarters of employers struggle to find appropriate skills

Almost three-quarters of firms are struggling to find the right hire, according to the latest Quarterly Recruitment Outlook from the British Chambers of Commerce, in partnership with careers site Totaljobs.

The research, released this morning, reveals that while over half of UK firms (55%) were looking to hire, 72% of businesses had difficulty finding the right talent.

Skills shortages are most evident in the construction and hospitality sectors, with 79% and 77% respectively struggling to recruit. Two-thirds (67%) of construction businesses attempted to recruit in the fourth quarter of 2019 – up from 62% in Q3. In both these sectors, and in others, uncertainty over the UK’s future immigration regime remains a concern.

Looking ahead, 26% of UK firms said they planned to add headcount in Q1 2020, with construction reporting the highest proportion of firms looking to grow their headcount (34%).

Employment minister says ‘structural challenges’ in labour market must be fixed

A pivotal part of the government’s myriad employment schemes is to fix the “structural challenges” in the labour market, employment minister Miriam (Mims) Davies told Recruiter.

People 21 October 2020

McGinley Group rebrands and relaunches as MCG Group

Multi-sector specialist recruiter McGinley Group has rebranded and today launched itself as the MCG Group.

New to Market 7 October 2020


This week’s appointments include: Granger Reis, Odgers Berndtson, Robert Walters, Stafffinders

People 5 October 2020

NES Global Talent and Fircroft join together to form NES Fircroft

Engineering and technical talent giants NES Global Talent and the Fircroft Group are joining forces to create a combined entity that will be known as NES Fircroft, the newly formed organisation announced today.

Contracts 23 September 2020