Whilst the rise in employment will be welcomed as good news for many the growing number of vacancies also underlines the shortage of skilled workers faced by many industries.
Head of Economics at the British Chambers of Commerce Suren Thiru commented: “More significant support is needed to help firms access the skills they need when they can’t recruit locally, including supporting the hardest hit sectors through expansion of the Shortage Occupation List.”
Many had feared that the end of the furlough scheme would cause shocks to the labour market however this has not materialised.
Nye Cominetti, Senior Economist at the Resolution Foundation said: “Early indications are that the UK’s jobs market has remained resilient, with record vacancies and job moves, and withstood the withdrawal of emergency support well.”
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