Economics – 41% of larger businesses report trouble recruiting

Date : 11 October 2021

Labour challenges continue to dominate the operational agenda for UK businesses, including those in the food and consumer goods industry.

The latest ONS research shows that 12% of all businesses report having job vacancies that were unusually hard to fill.

However, with the smallest businesses (0-9 employees) excluded from the sample, the proportion with difficulties increases to 41%.

Reasons for trouble recruiting include:

  • Lack of qualified applicants (53% of businesses with hard-to-fill vacancies)
  • Lack of applicants overall (46%)
  • Reduced number of EU applicants(18%)
  • Uncompetitive pay (16%)

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