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%).

CONTRACTS & DEALS: 18-22 OCTOBER 2021

This week’s new contracts & deals include: Arrows Group, Caissa Recruitment, CoderPad, CodinGame, Quanta, Pelle Recruitment, reed.co.uk, Sixth Sense, The MCG Group, TopSource

Contracts 19 October 2021

APPOINTMENTS: 20-24 SEPTEMBER 2021

This week’s appointments include: Heidrick & Struggles, iSource Group, New Talent, New Directions Group, SThree

People 20 September 2021

The Shore Group helps construction contractors with work clothes

Brighton-based construction recruiter The Shore Group has launched a new incentive to fight back against the squeeze of client cost pressures and a shortage of skilled labour.

16 September 2021

APPOINTMENTS: 6-10 SEPTEMBER 2021

This week’s appointments include: Anderson Quigley, Bitstamp, Colas Rail, Heidrick & Struggles, Highfield PS, iSource, Liquid Link, MRG, NRG, Phaidon International, The RSA Group, TotallyMoney

People 6 September 2021
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