Despite the impact of the pandemic on unemployment, the labour market has roared back to life, and there are already signs of the sector tightening as in the start of 2020.
Organisations have increasingly specific skills’ needs as transformation accelerates, and challenges that existed pre-2020 still remain as competition returns and demand for workers outstrips supply. Over three quarters of British employers report difficulty filling roles, making the need to find new ways to close the skills’ gaps even more urgent.
Consumer habits have changed as a result of the pandemic. Footfall in urban centres remains low as demand for delivery drivers continues to boom. Post-pandemic home renovations outweigh the prospect of a holiday abroad as construction hiring grows across the country. IT and digital roles cannot be filled fast enough as home and hybrid-working models cement themselves for the foreseeable future – all at a time when labour mobility is down as a result of global lockdowns and Brexit. This leaves the UK with a workers’ market, as employees act more like customers in how they are consuming work — seeking flexibility, competitive pay and fast decisions. Businesses across the UK need to understand What Workers Want and be committed to offering it at speed in order to snap up the best of what our workforce has to offer.
Businesses remain optimistic. Demand as it is can only mean the economy is roaring back to life, and faster than it did after the last recession. Employers are ready to bring their workers back as restrictions lift and the UK gets ready for the Great Jobs Reset. Now is the time for employers to get creative to attract and retain talent. The Human Age provides practical solutions to build your workforce back better – helping people to pre-skill, upskill and reskill for in-demand roles to create a better and more sustainable workplace.
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