As the number of job vacancies in the UK has hit a record high, it is evident that the UK must be sourcing top talent from overseas. The disconnect between industry needs and what education delivers has never been more apparent.
A shortage of drivers to deliver fuel to petrol pumps. Too few fruit pickers to handle the harvests at farms. A lack of IT expertise to support the country as the economy recovers in a post-Brexit and pandemic environment. Labour shortages in the UK are creating issues across supply chains, and growth and development in a number of sectors right now.
The UK’s skills shortages across broader white collar jobs is increasing, with application numbers across IT roles in particular showing a concerning decline in the last year. According to data from the world’s largest network of job boards, Broadbean Technology, the demand for IT skills across the UK increased 66% between the third quarter of last year and Q3 2021. However, application numbers fell 41% during this same period, indicating a decline in the readily available IT expertise that the county needs as the economy recovers.
“The decline in IT applications is a concern that every business in the country should be wary of as it will affect us all,”
Alex Fourlis, Managing Director, Broadbean Technology.
“The decline in IT applications is a concern that every business in the country should be wary of as it will affect us all,” says Alex Fourlis, Managing Director at Broadbean Technology. “The shortage of specialist tech skills is an issue that has long been building in the country, and while the plans to “level up” the country that the Prime Minister has outlined should help address this talent dearth to some degree, for the immediate demand, UK firms simply need to be able to tap into other talent pools easily, including international pipelines.”
The data indicates that whilst the number of UK job vacancies is increasing, the availability of suitable applicants in the UK is diminishing. The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) reported there were 1.66 million vacancies at the end of August, with that number set to continue rising in the coming months.
Most experts agree on the economic benefits of immigration, and businesses are united in demanding ministers extend the Shortage Occupation List to allow more workers from abroad, including the EU, to fill UK vacancies in critical jobs.
The UK must start look to highly skilled, foreign individuals to fill those specialist, in-demand job roles. Fresh Talent International can support UK companies in securing top global individuals to fill those vacancies. We work with UK businesses to provide international applicants via the UK Skilled Worker visa scheme, helping to reduce the skill shortages among UK employers.
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