British employers in 'skills shortage' plea

The availability of candidates for job vacancies is falling, highlighting concerns about skills shortages, according to a new study.

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KPMG: Filling vacancies like 'being lost in hall of mirrors'

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Trying to fill vacancies in the current jobs climate in the United Kingdom must feel like "like wandering through a hall of mirrors" for most employers, professional services company KPMG have said.

Bernard Brown of KPMG said: "Trying to fill vacancies in the current climate must feel like wandering through a hall of mirrors for the UK's employers.

"No sooner are they in a position to reflect the improving economy by creating roles and offering tempting salaries, than the search for talent seems to reach a dead end, with candidates either preferring to hide in the shadows or failing to offer the appropriate skills."

Employers concern over 'skills shortage'

A woman looking into the window of a job centre. Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

The availability of candidates for job vacancies is falling, highlighting concerns about skills shortages, according to a new study.

Research by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation and KPMG said even though unemployment remained over two million, employers were finding it difficult to fill certain jobs.

Pay rates for permanent and temporary staff had increased in recent months, the report also stated.

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Immigration debate 'must cover skills shortage'

Any debate over levels of immigration to the United Kingdom must address the filling of the "skills gap", according to the Recruitment and Employment Confederation.

Rec chief executive Kevin Green said: "The UK's jobs boom continues with vacancies increasing as employers look for new workers to meet increasing demand and to replace staff that have been snapped up by competitors.

"The big issue remains that employers are finding it hard to find the talent and skills they need, yet we still have 2.2 million unemployed people in the UK.

The political debate around immigration must acknowledge this skills shortage.

Now is the time for government to reform the visa system to ensure that the UK retains a flexible labour market so our businesses can grow and create more jobs."

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