Nine out of 10 employees. Hospitality And catering is having a hard time finding staff, according to a survey of more than 5,600 firms by the British Chambers of Commerce.
Earlier this week, it was reported that the number of jobs across the UK had reached a 20-year high of 1.1 million between July and September – more than double the number at the onset of epidemics.
Adrian Henrahan is the managing director of Robinson Brothers, a chemical manufacturing company in West Bromwich Albion.
The company employs 260 people and is currently trying to fill more than 20 vacancies.
Mr Hunrahan said: “We have recruitment problems, I have never had one before.
“What we’re struggling with is keeping people in full-time positions, and that’s been going on for some time.
“It covers everything from engineering and maintenance to research, customer service and production operators.
“It’s a real challenge. We’ve raised our salaries and we still can’t find them, but we’re a family business and there are limits to what we can do.”
“We’ve always had one or two vacancies in Pre-Bridget and Pre-Cowide, but the current scale is unprecedented. Everyone is looking for people.”
Jane Greton of the British Chambers of Commerce called for more post-Brexit immigration targeting to help companies find more workers.
He said: “It is clear that staff shortages are worsening, affecting the recovery and growth of manufacturers and services businesses.
“Recruitment difficulties mean vacancies and firms are struggling to keep up with normal work. Although employers are investing more in training, apprenticeships and flexible working methods, Things will not get better overnight.
“We need more flexible skills systems, faster retraining opportunities and government support for targeted immigration measures to bridge the gap between skills and wages.
“Wage pressures and energy prices are also driving up overall costs, and there is a limit to how much companies can absorb before they go out of business.
“If action is not taken to address the growing problems that emerge from these figures, businesses will also have a hard time meeting demand and consumers will be overwhelmed by the goods and services available to them.” There will be more declines as we progress in the winter. ”
The warning to the manufacturing and services industry comes after care sector owners in England said they were struggling to recruit and retain staff.
Industry Body Skills for Care said more jobs – about 100,000 of them – are no longer complete than they were before the epidemic.
One has already happened. Shortage HGV drivers, warehouse staff, and slaughter house workers.