Skills shortages tougher for the third year running

Nearly two-thirds of British firms are experiencing skills
shortages, according to a report.

The Reed Skills Index claims that this is the third
consecutive year-on-year increase.

The survey, of 1,500 organisations, claims that 60 per cent
of companies are finding it difficult to recruit qualified and experienced

The voluntary sector is the worse hit with 67 per cent of
companies experiencing a skills shortage, up from 44 per cent the previous

The service sector follows closely behind with two-thirds
struggling to recruit skilled staff.

“There has been a slight decline in the level of skills
shortage since the last quarter as organisations are finding it easier to
recruit suitably skilled staff, as you would expect at this time of the year,”
said James Reed, chief executive of Reed.

“The year-on-year rising trend indicates a steadily increase
problem for businesses which should not be ignored.”

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