Two in three firms ‘can’t hire staff’
ALMOST two-thirds of firms are struggling to recruit employees.
The percentage reporting difficulties between April and June was 64pc, according to the latest data from the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC).
Although this is an improvement on the figure of 73pc between January and March, the BCC warned this was still high by historic standards.
Some businesses are affected more than others, with firms in the construction and hospitality sectors at a ‘critical’ level, reflecting the fact that these industries often employ a higher proportion of immigrant workers than other sectors.
Many were trying to recruit staff for seasonal jobs in holiday areas.
Difficulties in hiring suitable employees could stoke fears that uncertainty over Brexit has even put Europeans off applying for temporary roles in Britain as the October 31 cutoff for the UK to leave the European Union looms.