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Demand for new workers remains significantly high in the UK with figures showing that there are over 2.2 million active jobs being advertised.

According to the REC and Lightcast’s latest Labour Market Tracker, despite greater candidate availability and slow growth, businesses are still finding hiring challenging due to tight labour supply.

Neil Carberry, Chief Executive of the REC, commented on the findings, “New job adverts are coming to the market at a steady rate, and activity levels overall remain high. The rise of over 50% in terms of active adverts since this time last year reflects the fact that firms are still struggling to fill roles.

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“Employers should be working to integrate their people and commercial plans, re-designing roles and making sure their offer is competitive. This is where partnerships with good recruiters make a difference.

“For governments, this data shows that the decline in economic inactivity will not be enough in its own to fill the gaps businesses face as they try to drive growth. An effective industrial strategy, uniting thinking about competitiveness, investment and employment is overdue. The people strand of any strategy must encompass skills, but also key issues of labour supply like childcare, transport, immigration and welfare-to-work support.”

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