UK Health and Hospitality Sectors Struggle to Fill Vacancies

By February 27, 2018For Talent

Do you work in health or hospitality? You could be in luck. New research has shown that low unemployment in the UK has lead to record job vacancies.

According to the Office for National Statistics a total of 823,000 jobs were advertised last month (130,000 in health and social work and 95,000 in the hotel and food industries). This is a growth of 62,000 since last year.

What has caused this huge surge in available roles? 

Because the UK currently has very low levels of unemployment, workers in low-paid jobs have more choice over where they work. As a result, many employers are now faced with a worker shortage.

Speaking to The Telegraph economist Ian Brinkley at the Chartered Institute of Personal Development stated that.

“At the bottom end of healthcare, social care, and hospitality and leisure, there is very high turnover in jobs with unattractive wages and working conditions.

“It is not skills shortages per se, it is a labour shortage – employers just cannot ­attract enough people to ­replace those who leave.”

It’s no secret that various different sectors have relied on immigrant workers to fill vacancies. Interestingly, Brexit does not seem to have caused this worker shortage.

The number of EU workers in the UK rose by 101,000 in 2017 to 3.5m. This is well above the 95,000 average annual increase over the past 20 years.

However as the economies of eastern European countries like Poland grow many people will not feel the need to emigrate to the UK in order to find work.


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Alice Murray is a Content Creator at Jobbio with a passion for Employer Branding and Graduate Culture. She's a keen traveller and a self-proclaimed lazy runner.

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