Matt Weston, Managing Director, Robert Half UK comments on the ONS Labour Market Statistics:
“Attention might be focussed on the Houses of Parliament, but away from the talk of a no-deal Brexit or a General Election, unemployment remains at record-lows. It is clear that the skills shortage continues to impact business with increased digitalisation high on the boardroom agenda which is likely to remain a persistent challenge throughout the year.
“The growing technical skills gaps is something that businesses will need to address as they look to widen and secure their talent pool to drive their organisation forward. As ‘the war for talent’ intensifies against the backdrop of Brexit and a lack of specialised skill sets, companies must adopt a flexible approach to their hiring strategy by tapping into the pool of highly-skilled interim professionals. This will not only allow companies to plug their most pressing skill-gaps in the short-term but will also help upskill and train permanent staff in the long-term, as companies prepare for tomorrow’s challenges.”