‘Pervasive’ skill shortages across UK economy

Businesses across Britain are short of workers across scores of sectors and at all skill levels, putting pressure on bosses to hike salaries, recruiters are warning.

Companies are reluctant to raise pay when productivity has been stagnant but have found themselves with no choice as staff, from minimum wage entrants through the professions and all the way to leadership positions, are so scarce.

“I have been doing this job for 10 years and I have never seen data like this,” said Kevin Green, chief executive of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation.

“We have lists where recruiters cite the jobs they are currently finding it hard to fill, in permanent jobs there used to be six or seven areas. Now there are 50 or 60. It goes on and on and on.

“It is comprehensive, you would have to say the skill and talent shortages are pervasive across the economy at the moment.”

Unemployment is down to a 42-year low of 4.3pc, making it hard to find workers in most regions of the UK.

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Original story courtesy of The Daily Telegraph