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UK employers: facing a skills crisis – and spending at unsustainably high levels to get out. This is the reality of day to day life for many UK businesses, according to a recent Open University report.
The Open University Business Barometer 2019 found that UK business is spending £4.4 billion annually to address the skills shortage, with the cash going on recruitment fees, increased salaries, temporary staff and training costs to upskill workers. More than two thirds of employers had difficulty finding appropriately skilled employees. Managerial skills were in particularly short supply, with IT and leadership skills coming second. In around a quarter of cases, positions went unfilled. Many employers felt that their business was not as agile as it needed to be to tackle future challenge successfully, and nearly half anticipated a knock-on effect on business finances.
A key take-away message was that businesses are increasingly growing their own in-house talent. Over 50% had increased the spend on training and development, with long-term sustainability, and increased staff loyalty cited as additional benefits. Work-based training and apprenticeships were particularly attractive to over half the businesses surveyed.
We should be pleased to advise on any part of the recruitment process, including the creation of apprenticeships. Do not hesitate to contact us to discuss your business strategy.
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On 5 November, Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced that as part of the new national lockdown the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) has been extended until the end of March 2021.
The government has increased the support available to self-employed workers and extended its emergency business loan schemes.
As always, the wellbeing of our staff and clients remains our priority and is at the forefront of our mind when considering our response to the current coronavirus situation. At present our office remains open during normal working hours however we are discouraging face to face contact and are moving to telephone/ e-mail communication wherever possible in an effort to protect ourselves and our clients.
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Please be assured that we will be continuing to offer the best service and advice during this difficult period.
We will continue to closely monitor government advice on the situation and act accordingly.