A new report says more companies will seek flexible working and temporary staff to fill skills gap in 2022.
The white paper by Redwigwam, an online workplace platform, focuses on the changes in workforce/staffing over the last eighteen months and offers a realistic picture of what 2022 is likely to be like for employers and workers.
The report Surviving staff shortages: How businesses can overcome the perfect storm generated by Brexit and the Covid pandemic states that many industries are experiencing critical staff shortages, including retail, warehouse, cleaning, food production & manufacturing, and hospitality sectors, and this has unfurled into other areas of the economy. These shortages place pressure on mid-sized employers across the UK.
Companies blame both the pandemic and Brexit for the shortage of overseas workers, with 38 per cent stating the lack of regional workers was hindering their ability to recruit needed staff.
In the report, the CEO of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI)’s Tony Danker, said: “Standing firm and waiting for shortages to solve themselves is not the way to run an economy. Labour shortages are biting right across the economy. These shortages are already affecting business operations and will have a negative impact on the UK’s economic recovery.”
It also states that the cleaning industry has taken serious hits with staff shortages and how domestic staff are some of the most in-demand workers in the UK. The CBI warned the staff shortage could last two years.
The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) producers lost £2 billion in sales, says the report which it says is “a serious downturn in revenue, that was not compensated by increased sales from non-EU countries, including China and Australia”.
It also cites research from LinkedIn which reveals more than half of UK employees want to continue working from home once the lockdown is completely over. It states that 3 in 5 workers agree that the traditional 9 to 5 workday is over.