According to The Open University’s annual business report published in partnership with the Institute of Directors, UK employers are facing a skills shortage when it comes to hiring specialist, entry level talent.    The Open University’s annual Business Barometer 2021 report reveals 63% of organisation leaders are struggling with recruitment as candidates lack specialist skills and relevant experience. In fact, almost a quarter (24 per cent) believe that finding staff with the right skillset remains the single biggest challenge facing organisations in the next five years.  …

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The ‘Great Resignation’ is a very real trend sweeping the country. While 2020 pandemic lockdowns were a time for many to hunker down and stay put, the economic recovery has created a perfect storm for employers with restless workers and shortages in many sectors. A recent study revealed 38% of workers plan to quit in the next six months to a year. Paying employees good wages is the first and …

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It’s no secret that sitting down too much can be bad for your health – it increases your risk of chronic health problems like heart disease and diabetes, and is thought to slow the metabolism. This affects the body’s ability to regulate blood sugar, blood pressure and break down body fat. Staying active is incredibly important for those with a desk job as it can help reduce stress and most importantly, …

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In the wake of the government’s announcement that it won’t set-up temporary visas for other sectors as it has for HGV drivers and poultry workers, new advice from employee benefits business HIVE360 says businesses can quickly, easily and cheaply offer more to workers to tackle staff shortages. “For employers in the agriculture, logistics, retail, hospitality, and construction sectors, the way to tackle the skills shortage is to make some simple …

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WITH JOB LISTINGS UP 42% & SUPPLY CHAIN ISSUES Recruitment software business, Occupop has weighed in on the discussion around how the retail sector is faring in the wake of the pandemic, while it still suffers the consequences of Brexit. Occupop have compiled a report that highlights the numerous and complex issues facing the troubled sector. The main findings of the report showed that staff shortages are one of the …

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