Talent shortages : state of the UK labour market 2021
Alexa Bradbury

4 minutes

Talent shortages : state of the UK labour market 2021

A comprehensive overview of the state of the UK talent market and what employers can do about it. 

As the UK grapples with a supply chain crisis affecting everything from fuel to fruit, and from microchips to milkshakes, the underlying cause is quite clear: an acute shortage of labour in sectors as diverse as retail, hospitality, and logistics. 

In September 2021, the number of unfilled job vacancies passed the one million mark for the first time since records began. The demand for labour is far outstripping the supply of it, and the result is empty supermarket shelves and petrol pumps. 

So what exactly is happening, and what can employers do about it? 

In this report, Talent shortages: state of the UK labour market (September 2021), we examine the impact of talent scarcity on six key sectors in the UK - and offer tips for finding the right people when the competition for talent is so tough. 

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Key features include: 

  • A comprehensive overview of the state of the UK market for talent
  • Deep dives into aerospace, defence, hospitality, retail, logistics, and social care
  • Expert tips on managing talent shortages in a sustainable, long-term way 

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