Two fifths of UK companies report difficulty in securing workers – The Times

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Recruitment challenges are spreading through the economy with two fifths of companies reporting difficulty securing workers, according to a report by the Office for National Statistics.

In a sign that labour shortages are getting worse, the ONS found that 41 per cent of businesses with 10 or more staff said they had struggled to fill positions in the two weeks to September 5. This was up from 32 per cent in early August.

Across all businesses, 13 per cent said that they had struggled to find workers. This was up from 9 per cent in August.

Sectors that rely heavily on EU workers were the hardest hit. The ONS said that businesses in the hospitality industry were more than twice as likely to be suffering

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