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Britain's skills shortage


A recently released survey by Lloyds TSB Commercial, shows that almost half of British businesses are struggling to recruit enough skilled workers.

Particularly badly hit is the construction industry, with nearly two-thirds of companies experiencing problems in recruiting skilled staff.

It seems that local labour supply just can't match demand. This then posses the question - Is there a  real danger that this could hamper the growth of British industry?

What are we doing about it? Well in some cases, it appears nothing, as the survey also shows firms are not raising wage levels in an effort to recruit more qualified people.

In fact the recent introduction of the IR35 tax laws has quite probably exacerbated the problem. Forcing mobile workers in many industries such as construction and IT into leaving the industry and sometimes the country, completely.

 

January 2001

Peterborough Bolshi Vic

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