The Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committee is launching an inquiry into the state of play in the UK labour market post-Brexit, and the impact of the covid-19 pandemic on recruitment, skills shortages and the growth of the labour market.
The impacts of Brexit and the pandemic have been extraordinary, and will continue to have a profound effect on numerous aspects of life, including the labour market. As it stands, the UK has a growing skills shortages issue with a reported 35.2 million job vacancies in December 2021 and 86% of large organisations reporting challenges recruiting. Worryingly, 72% of organisations surveyed also stated that the impacts of these shortages have increased the workload on other staff, reducing productivity and outputs. Skills Shortages in the UK will continue to worsen unless the government takes action.