Reform required to combat staff shortages, says BCC

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has called for action to help firms employ more staff amidst recruitment difficulties.

A survey carried out by the business group revealed that 61% of firms are looking to recruit more employees, but many are facing difficulties in doing so.

According to the BCC, the construction sector is facing the most severe recruitment challenges, with 83% of construction businesses reporting issues with recruiting skilled workers.

The BCC has outlined a three-point plan to help businesses recruit. This plan includes encouraging firms to 'find new ways of unlocking pools of talent'; helping employers invest in training; and reforming the Shortage Occupation List (SOL).

Jane Gratton, Head of People Policy at the BCC, said:

'Businesses remain under huge pressure to fill jobs, but record levels of recruitment difficulty are showing no signs of improvement. Solutions are urgently needed so that firms can keep their doors open throughout these tough times.

'We have written to the government outlining a three-point plan on how they can work with businesses to solve this.'

Internet link: BCC website

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