APSCo urges govt. to consider ‘global opportunities’ to address labour shortage issue
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM — To address its labour shortage crisis and fill an abundance of jobs in the UK, the country should look to hire workers from abroad, according to the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo).
The organisation made this suggestion as the UK has been noticeably struggling with its workforce in recent times.
Just last month, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) found that “for the first time, the number of vacancies was larger than the number of people unemployed”.
Those findings indicated a gaping hole in the labour force and a more urgent need for talent recruitment services like Click Jobs.
But in addition to stronger recruitment efforts, it might be time for the UK to also pursue outside talent to fill its labour market needs.
In a recent statement, APSCo outlined “the critical policy developments that are needed if the country is to build and sustain a global, flexible workforce.”
One of its targeted recommendations was a “further review of ways to ensure the UK has a labour market fit for the future, including access to international, high-skilled, independent workers that will help to fill UK skills gaps across the economy.”
‘Appropriate action’ needed to fill jobs in the UK
APSCo Global Public Policy Director Tania Bowers expounded on this line of thinking, calling for government intervention to address the issue of the UK having more job vacancies than workers for the moment.
“The continued skills shortages that are being felt across the UK won’t disappear without appropriate action,” asserted Bowers.
“It’s clear that there are simply not enough resources to fill the hiring needs of the country’s employers, and if the UK is to remain an economic powerhouse, greater government intervention is needed to ensure businesses can access a global and flexible labour market.”
As such, she urged the government to “ensure that discussions and agreements on trade deals focus on skills, the workforce and the mutual recognition of services and professional qualifications.”
The APSCo statement added, “We are facing a period of continued uncertainty — exacerbated by the record level of vacancies being reported by the Office for National Statistics.
“If the UK is to thrive post-Brexit and COVID, we need policymakers to look at the global opportunities and ensure the UK’s professional recruitment industry continues to be a global skills export success story.”
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