1.63 million job adverts were posted in the UK in the first week of June, finally returning to the pre-lockdown levels of March 2020. Whilst undoubtedly good news and a sign of things slowly returning to normal, the concern for many employers is finding workers to fill the vacancies.
Neil Carberry, CEO of the Recruitment & Employment Confederation, said, “The pandemic has made existing skill and labour shortages in the UK worse. Governments and business need to work together to ensure access to training opportunities and unemployment support so that there are pathways for everyone into growing sectors.”
These worries have been echoed in the tourism industry, with Visit Exmoor estimating over 400 vacancies in its hospitality sector, proving difficult to fill, scuppering hopes of capitalising on the increased demand for ‘staycations’. CEO of Visit Exmoor, Emma Thomasson, attributes these recruitment issues to several factors, including the reduction in European workers, workers remaining on furlough and people seeking lifestyle changes.