New research shows that firms are facing increasing staffing difficulties, especially in areas including hospitality and catering.
The British Chambers of Commerce said its survey of more than 5,600 firms found a record number of manufacturing and services problems near record recruitment.
The study indicated that nine out of 10 hospitality and catering employees are having difficulty finding staff.
Adrian Henrahan, managing director of Robinson Brothers, a chemical manufacturing company in West Bromwich Albion, said 260 people work, but now there are more than 20 vacancies.
“What we’re struggling with is keeping people in full-time positions, and that’s been going on for some time.
“It covers everything from engineering and maintenance to research, customer service and production operators.
“It’s a real challenge. We’ve raised our salaries and we still can’t find them, but we’re a family business and there are limits to what we can do.”
“We’ve always had one or two vacancies in Pre-Bridget and Pre-Cowide, but the current scale is unprecedented. Everyone is looking for people.”
Jane Greton of the British Chambers of Commerce said: “It is clear that staff shortages are worsening, affecting the recovery and growth of manufacturers and services businesses.
“Recruitment difficulties mean vacancies and firms are struggling to keep up with normal work. Although employers are investing more in training, apprenticeships and flexible working methods, Things will not get better overnight.
“We need more flexible skills systems, faster retraining opportunities and government support for targeted immigration measures to bridge the gap between skills and labor.”
“Wage pressures and energy prices are also driving up overall costs, and there is a limit to how much companies can absorb before they go out of business.
“If action is not taken to address the growing problems that emerge from these figures, businesses will also have a hard time meeting demand and consumers will be overwhelmed by the goods and services available to them.” There will be more declines as we progress in the winter. “
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