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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.

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