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Hiring spree 'threatens to cause skills shortage

Hiring Spree Threatens to Cause Skill Shortage for the Public

Recruiters have warned that bullish plans by employers to hire more staff next year could lead to a skills shortage in areas ranging from engineering to management. The Recruitment and Employment Confederation believes that a dearth of suitable recruits could 'cast a shadow' over the employment market at a time when businesses are showing signs of greater confidence about the future. More than eight in ten employers think that economic conditions are improving and more than four in ten will be more confident about hiring staff, according to the REC's latest Jobs Outlook survey. Eighty-six per cent of employers expect to take on more permanent staff in the next three months, while 78% said that hiring was on their agenda for the medium term, according to the survey. However, that could lead to a recruitment crunch at a time when unemployment is at its lowest rate since January 2006 at 5.2% and with vacancies at a record high of 747,000, according to the latest ONS data. Employers may therefore find it increasingly difficult to fill new positions with suitable staff.


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