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Ninety-three per cent of UK businesses have little or no spare capacity
Over a third of UK businesses (36 per cent) have no capacity to take on more work, and almost three in five (57 per cent) have ‘little capacity’, according to the latest JobsOutlook survey by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC). With a high proportion of employers indicating that they would struggle to meet additional demand with current staffing numbers, the survey also reveals that 84 per cent of employers are planning to hire permanent staff in the next three months, and only 7 per cent plan to reduce numbers.
REC chief executive Kevin Green said:
“With employment levels at an all-time high and the economy strengthening, businesses will find it increasingly difficult to recruit new staff to increase their capacity.
“The priority now is to ensure that employers are able to recruit the talent they need. That means making it easier for businesses to employ workers from overseas and the UK remaining part of the EU. At home, we need to focus on improving our education system so that the next generation are equipped with the kinds of skills employers are calling for.”
This month’s JobsOutlook also found that that:
The survey also reveals a concern among employers about a potential shortage of workers with ‘education and training skills’, with over a quarter of employers (26 per cent) raising this as an issue.
Full press release on www.rec.uk.com
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