Industries are being hard hit by a shortage of staff, with more than 100,000 people needed in the haulage sector alone.
Tens of thousands of positions are available in teaching, hospitality and the care sector.
The biggest growths have come in Wales and Northern Ireland while London lags behind.Neil Carberry, Chief Executive of the REC, said although the number of new positions is ‘good news’, he warned: ‘There is a real chance now that shortages of available workers will slow the recovery.
‘A recent REC survey of recruiters found that three in five have over 30% more vacancies than usual, and 97% said it’s taking longer to fill them.‘Labour shortages and the related recruitment difficulties put constraints on the economy, restricting output growth and innovation, so it’s vital we solve them quickly.’
Staff shortages have left to items disappearing from supermarket shelves (Picture: Getty)The shortages across key industries are already impacting on the entire country, with items disappearing from supermarket shelves and some petrol stations unable to get fuel. headtopics.com
One farm in Lincolnshire is offering employees £30-an-hour, equivalent to an annual salary of £62,000-a-year.Retailers have warned the Government that it has just 10 days to save Christmas from ‘significant disruption.’On Thursday, Rod McKenzie of the Road Haulage Association trade body said that the Government had allowed the driver shortage to get ‘gradually worse’ in recent months.
Petrol stations have been running out of fuel because of difficulties transporting fuel around the country (Picture: Shutterstock)‘We have got a shortage of 100,000 (drivers),’ he told BBC’s Newsnight.‘When you think that everything we get in Britain comes on the back of a lorry, whether it’s fuel or food or clothes or whatever it is, at some point, if there are no drivers to drive those trucks, the trucks aren’t moving and we’re not getting our stuff.’
He added: ‘I don’t think we are talking about absolutely no fuel or food or anything like that, people shouldn’t panic buy food or fuel or anything else, that’s not what this is about.‘This is about stock outs, it’s about shortages, it’s about a normal supply chain being disrupted.’
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