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
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.