This website uses cookies primarily for visitor analytics. Certain pages will ask you to fill in contact details to receive additional information. On these pages you have the option of having the site log your details for future visits. Indicating you want the site to remember your details will place a cookie on your device. To view our full cookie policy, please click here. You can also view it at any time by going to our Contact Us page.

Lack of skilled staff warning as UK facilities reopen

04 June 2021

With job vacancies rising at their fastest rate for 23 years, the number of applicants has declined at its quickest level since 2017, according to a KPMG survey.

This issue can be seen in many sectors, including hospitality, which has been one of the worst to be affected by the Coronavirus pandemic.

Waiting staff and chefs are in particular demand, according to industry body UK Hospitality, as growing numbers of companies and venues reopen.

KPMG partner Claire Warnes said the employment market "seems to be firing on all cylinders", according to the BBC.

"But the deterioration in staff supply intensified this month. This is a worrying trend."

Her comments were supported by Recruitment & Employment Confederation deputy chief executive Kate Shoesmith: "With demand spiking, the skills and labour shortages that already existed in the UK have come into sharper focus - and Covid has only made them worse."

Ms Shoesmith described the issue as "the most pressing" within the market, with "the potential to slow down the recovery".

Employers have recourse to a number of government incentives to support jobs and their training requirements, including the Kickstart scheme.

Those hiring apprentices are also able to claim incentives of £3,000 per person and the government also launched its lifetime skills guarantee this year, open to all adults to support the gaining of new skills and qualifications.

The FM sector is seen as highly relevant for government training and retraining incentives, as the reopening of facilities and estates continues to see increased demand for staff in all areas.


Print this page | E-mail this page

https://www.fsifm.com


MOST VIEWED...

View more articles
Article image

Why the Law Says You Need a Nappy Bin Disposal Service

At home, parents are used to disposing of their babies’ used nappies the same way they do any other domestic waste - bagging it up and sticking it in the r...
Article image

Launch event for Young Leader 2021 award announced

Launch of this year's Young Leader of the Year (YLOTY) award, organised by the Emerging Workplace Leaders (EWL) organisation, will take place on 23 June....

Benchmarking maintenance

BSRIA has just published this year's operation and maintenance benchmarking report as a guide for building operators to evaluate their performance against ...
Article image

Commercial tenants protected from eviction for a further nine months

Landlords of commercial property will be unable to evict tenants for unpaid rent for another nine months, the government has announced....

Compass acquires PPP-IML

Compass further strengthens its support services proposition with the acquisition of PPP-IM, L, the special purpose vehicle of Semperian PPP Investment Par...
Article image

Who is the ‘responsible person’?

Fire safety technology – such as smoke control systems – is designed to save lives and protect property in a fire....
https://edition.pagesuite-professional.co.uk/html5/reader/production/default.aspx?pubname=&pubid=78915b1c-0f11-4b5e-9468-ba601ad89761