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Half of UK employers believe Brexit will worsen skills gap


A joint research paper compiled by Robert Walters, totaljobs and Jobsite has revealed that many UK businesses believe the skills gap will worsen because of Brexit.

The report ‘Solving the UK Skills Shortage’, found that as many as 65% of employers think that they will be impacted by skills shortages this year, with half believing that Brexit will only worsen the situation further.

David Clift, HR director at totaljobs, commented, “As we head closer towards Brexit employers will have to think differently about how they attract and retain the best talent from across the globe.

“When it comes to attracting staff, employers will have to look to different industries to find the transferable skills that are essential to grow. This means that there will be more opportunities for skilled candidates to use their knowledge and experience in different sectors, providing them with new challenges and opportunities in industries that they may not have considered before.”

He added, “Shortages are likely to be particularly severe at the junior and mid-management, partly due to the long-term impact of the 2008 financial crisis, when levels of graduate recruitment fell sharply.

“Employers looking to find long-term solutions to the current skills shortage should focus on engaging with and informing graduates and university students of the opportunities available in their industry.”

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