“12 jobs are not filled, but no one has applied.”


“If we were to open up in earnest, at least 12 jobs wouldn’t be filled, but at this point 6 jobs aren’t filled.”

Markley runs a Yorkshire B & B, Red Lion Country Inn, but like many employers he can’t find enough staff.

According to a survey of major recruiters, the number of permanent jobs available in the UK has increased at the fastest rate since 1997, when the economy resumed in June.

But at the same time, worker availability reached its lowest level in 24 years.

Despite advertising on various sites, Lee hasn’t received any job listings posted. Prior to the pandemic, he frequently received over 50 applications per ad.

He also used an agency to look for staff, but when he asked for a sous-chef, they could only offer employees who had never worked in a catering kitchen before.

Women working from home

Women working from home

KPMG and the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) surveyed 400 employers in June and found a “significant increase” in permanent and temporary jobs in Midland, South, London and the North.

Demand for full-time staff in the private sector surged most, especially in the IT and computing, hotel and catering, and engineering sectors.

Demand was also “historically strong” across the public sector.

However, the survey also found that the supply of candidates has declined for the fourth straight month. Recruiters blamed increased employment, Brexit, pandemic-related uncertainties, and layoff plans.

Yael Selfin, Chief Economist at KPMG, told the BBC’s Today program: “Demand is skyrocketing as the economy resumes, and not all workers who want it are immediately available.

“Some of them need to switch sectors, others have previously cared for their children, and others have been temporarily out of the employment market. Those who have gone to higher education or abroad. There is also. “

Brian Lord, CEO of cybersecurity and intelligence consultancy PGI, faces the same problem in IT.

“Covid was the main driver of demand because working from home meant it was more vulnerable to the organization,” Lord said.

In June, PGI promoted 10 roles across its digital security team, but with the help of its in-house training academy, it has been able to hold two positions so far.

He said the slow hiring rate was due to potential employers “always in a bidding war” and “better absorb the increased overheads or accept more of the increased costs.” Wealer companies that can do often win. ” On their client base. “

“There is no unemployment in this sector and supply is struggling to catch up,” he added.

Manny Aswar, CEO of Wolverhampton’s Coding School, said employers are contacting schools with 5,250 students to recruit candidates before starting the course. It was.

“Perfect Storm”

The findings were obtained despite the fact that the UK’s unemployment rate remained relatively high due to the pandemic, which was 4.7% in the three months to April.

Gerwyn Davies of the British Personnel Education Association said the number of young people currently employed in the UK is declining and there is a risk of exaggerating the shortage.

Especially in the hospitality industry, Davis said, “the EU workers’ inventories are declining sharply and labor demand is occurring” and “the worst situation” has occurred.

“It’s not that employers have no applicants, but that they have to work harder to hire and train staff,” he added.

Neil Carbury, REC’s Chief Executive Officer, said:

“We still don’t know how much layoffs and increased credibility of candidates can meet the growing demand for this staff. To avoid it in major shortage sectors such as hospitality, food, driving and IT. May require more support. Delay recovery. “

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