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%).

Jobs still being created despite recent gloom

Off the back of dismal job news in recent days and weeks, good job news is surfacing in the construction, energy and hospitality sectors with announcements from both government and the private sector.

4 August 2020


This week’s appointments include: Rayner Personnel, Ryalto Group

People 4 August 2020

400 jobs planned at former North-East steelworks

Amid the continuing jobs gloom, there is good news for the hard hit North-East, with plans to create almost 400 jobs at the former Redcar Steelworks.

29 July 2020


This week’s new launches include: Bila Group, Factorial HR, Oleeo, Recruit 2 You, skeeled

New to Market 14 July 2020