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Staff shortages "business critical" in many key sectors

By Kirsty hewitt 

Employers need to do more if they want to attract people with the right skills.

Staff shortages are becoming business critical in many of the UK’s key sectors, according to Sophie Wingfield, Head of Policy at the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC).

“As skills needs and candidate expectations continue to evolve, employers need to do more to attract the right people,” she added.

Wingfield made the comments following the launch of official figures from the Office for National Statistics which revealed that the number of people in work is currently at a record high.

Some 32.39 million people are in employment, a rise of 146,000 than for November 2017 to January 2018 and  440,000 more than for a year earlier.

However, according to data from the REC, there has been a further fall in staff availability.

“While it is encouraging to see a rise in employment figures, a lack of candidates remains a major challenge for recruiters - particularly in areas like nursing, engineering, manufacturing and IT,” Wingfield concluded.

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