Matt Weston, Managing Director, Robert Half UK comments on the ONS Labour Market Statistics:
“The UK labour statistics continue to show a burgeoning employment market. UK employees are increasingly aware of their value in the marketplace, while companies continue in their efforts to plug their skills gaps in a workplace constantly re-shaped by technology and digitalisation.
“Businesses are still facing the added pressures of the ongoing digitalisation of the workplace and the growing technical skills gaps brought on by it. To overcome this challenge, many are looking at widening the talent pool to secure the professionals they need to drive their business forward. To handle the immediate needs, businesses are tapping into the highly-skilled contract and interim professional market, also known as the professional gig economy. On the other hand, we are working with businesses to identify potential in permanent hires. Identifying a candidate’s soft skills, ability and willingness to learn the necessary technical skill-sets needed in the future of work can result in suitable for the long-term.”