UK Faces ‘Labour Shortage’ As Covid and Brexit Fuel Exodus of Overseas Workers

According to recent statistics from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, due to the effects of the pandemic and post-Brexit, Britain's employers are struggling to hire new staff. The employers are seeking to hire new workers at the fastest rate in the last eight years, especially for the hospitality and retail sectors, as the Covid restrictions are lifting in Wales and England.

But the job market has seen a steep decline in the interest of people to work odd jobs, due to the instability and rapid ups and downs of the job market. The people are instead looking for more permanent and stable jobs to last them through the pandemic crisis.

This drastic difference in the job market is also because approximately 1.3 million immigrants have left the UK and migrated back to their native land to see through the pandemic at home. According to Andre Hunter, the co-founder of the job search engine,

“UK employers can no longer rely on overseas workers to plug employment gaps.”

There has been a rapid increase in the rate of unemployment in the UK which has been helped by the addition of the furlough scheme. The Bank of England expects the rate of joblessness to rise to 5.5% after the furlough ends. The rate of unemployment before the pandemic stood at a solid 4%.

According to Gerwyn Davies, the professional body for HR and people development, an incentive has been given to the employers to review the job quality to cater to the increasing threat of recruitment difficulties. This can be done in a lot of ways: the employers can look into providing their staff with the right balance of flexibility and security and by offering them better quality jobs and benefits. Only by doing this and providing better job plans to their staff, will they be able to attract and hold them.


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