A survey of 7,000 UK businesses by the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has found that a shortage of skilled workers is reaching “critical levels,” with significant numbers of firms finding it difficult to recruit suitably qualified staff.

Recruitment difficulties in the services sector, which accounts for four-fifths of UK economic output, have never been worse, with 71% of employers complaining about problems.

Shortages of skilled manual labour among manufacturers were also the highest on record.  The BCC said that managerial and professional staff were the hardest to recruit.

Dr Adam Marshall, director general of the BCC, said: “This must be the year employers act rather than just complain on skills, and the year Government delivers clarity, leadership and investment in people and infrastructure. Kick-starting growth, and boosting wages and prosperity for all, depends on this.”


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