Belfast Telegraph

Skills shortages across sectors, study reveals

By Alan Jones

Firms are reporting a shortage of candidates for jobs including cyber security, aerospace and drivers, a study has revealed.

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Research by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) found that demand for full-time staff remains high, especially in private firms.

The biggest demand for employees last month was in engineering and computing, the survey of 400 recruitment agencies showed.

Firms have had fewer applicants from workers in the EU since the Brexit vote, said the report.

REC director of policy Tom Hadley said: "Permanent placements are growing month on month as demand for staff remains high. More people are entering employment, but it doesn't make up for the shortfall of candidates for many roles, from cyber security and aerospace through to sewing machinists and drivers.

"As a result, employers are increasing starting pay to draw candidates away from current roles into new positions.

"Growth in pay for temporary roles especially is accelerating. In hospitality, demand for temporary staff is really high."

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