80% of UK employers plan to hire in next 12 months, poll finds

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80% of UK employers plan to hire in next 12 months, poll finds


The majority of UK employers plan to hire staff in the next 12 months, the highest hiring intentions in eight years as Brexit and the Covid-19 pandemic have caused a severe shortage of workers in industries ranging from from transport to hotels and social care.

80% of businesses and other organizations plan to hire more staff in the next 12 months, according to a survey by recruiting firm Hays. Hiring intentions are particularly high in Scotland and Wales where 88% plan to hire in the next 12 months, followed by 87% in East England and 85% in London.

Just over two-thirds (67%) of employers who hire are looking for permanent staff, while a third are recruiting for temporary positions; and more than a quarter (28%) recruit for entirely remote positions.

The Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in an increase in the number of people working from home. Since the lockdowns eased, many workers have returned to the office but not completely – many divide their time between home and office.

At the same time, just over half of professionals plan to change jobs in the next 12 months, the lowest number reported in the recruitment firm Hays survey in eight years.

The research comes as job vacancies in the UK hit 1.1 million between July and September, the highest level since the record began in 2001, according to official figures. Staff shortages have reached the highest levels in decades and threaten the recovery of the economy after the Covid-19 crisis, following the fallout from Brexit, which has led many foreign workers to leave the country, and to the pandemic.

The Hays survey of 22,700 employers and professionals shows that more than three-quarters of employers have experienced skills shortages in the past year, up from 77% in 2020. Almost half said it had had an impact negative on productivity and a similar number said it affected employee morale, up from 37% last year.

To deal with the shortages, 44% hired temporary or contract workers; 22% increased their marketing spending to attract talent; 21% say they have recruited apprentices and 20% have retrained existing staff in a new post. Almost a quarter say they are more likely to offer counter-offers to staff than before the pandemic.

Simon Winfield, Managing Director of Hays UK & Ireland, said: “Employers looking for skilled talent have intensified further, due to the rapid rebound in the economy, existing skills shortages and, in some areas, such as construction, the return of workers to the EU to following the restrictions of Covid-19 and Brexit. Almost all employers face the same challenges finding the skills they need, and we are seeing real demand in technology, construction, engineering and marketing where employers cannot hire. fast enough.

Earlier this month, a report by accounting and consulting firm BDO found that staff shortages were reverberating across the transportation, agriculture and hospitality sectors in nearly every industry in the world. economy, putting “severe pressure” on midsize businesses across the UK.

A shortage of truckers and fuel drivers has sparked a fuel crisis in recent weeks, when many gas stations have dried up amid panic shopping, and also left some supermarket shelves empty. Tesco has even started using cardboard cutouts of fruits, vegetables and other groceries to fill in the gaps on the shelves. Britain is estimated to be short of 100,000 truck drivers, in the midst of a boom in online shopping.

A recent report by the Office for National Statistics showed that one in four companies facing recruitment problems cited a small number of European applicants. This figure rose to almost one in two in transport and storage activities.

Business leaders called on the government to expand the visa system to allow employers to hire more staff from overseas as a short-term solution. The government granted only 5,000 additional temporary visas to truck drivers and another 5,500 to poultry farmers. However, turnout was woefully low.

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