Hospitality businesses more difficult to fill, as ONS highlights recruiting crisis

The Office of National Statistics reports that as the UK wrestles with a recruiting crisis across the country, hospitality businesses are most likely to be struggling to fill roles.

Hospitality businesses are more than twice as likely as other industries to be experiencing challenges in filling vacancies compared with normal expectations for the time of year, the ONS says. Between 23 August and 5 September this year, 30% of hospitality businesses said that vacancies were more difficult to fill than normal. 

At the same time, the water (27%) and health (23%) industries were most likely to be finding it more difficult than normal to recruit staff in late August. In the transport and storage sector, 15% of businesses were struggling to fill jobs.

However, 41% of all businesses across all industries were struggling to fill vacancies in late August, up from 32% earlier in the month, the ONS says.

Transport and storage businesses were found most likely to cite a lack of EU applicants when unable to fill vacancies.

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