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REC highlights specific skills needs

REC highlights specific skills needs to Home Office committee

Despite the growing number of jobseekers available, there are a number of specific areas where employers and recruiters find it very difficult to get the right calibre of staff. The REC is in regular contact with the Home Office and other government departments to take forward the feedback of members in terms of where these shortages persist.

As part of this work, the REC was invited to a meeting of the Home Offices Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) on Friday to highlight areas of the jobs market experiencing skills shortages that need to be filled by non-EU migrants.

The role of the MAC is to advise the Government on specific areas of the job market which is experiencing a shortage in skilled labour.

Commenting on the current situation, the RECs Director of External Relations Tom Hadley said: Although the recession means we are seeing an increase in candidates in sectors such as engineering, finding the right skills remains a problem. The Government is extremely keen to hear from recruitment professionals who are in a unique position to highlight shortages in very specific job categories.

The REC has 13 niche groups including those representing higher end skilled sectors. This enables us to be extremely specific in our submissions to Government on this issue. We are feeding in to the debate about how to upskill UK nationals but the urgent need for skilled workers in some of these sectors must be reflected in the Governments immigration policy.

Todays MAC meeting confirmed that science and maths teachers are on the occupational shortage list but the MAC will be investigating other areas of teaching where there are skill shortages. Social care workers who are paid 8.80 or above are also included on the list.

The MAC will also be investigating skills shortages in the wider healthcare area, in engineering and in specialist roles in construction such as steel erectors.

REC sits on a range of Government groups which gives it a direct voice in shaping Government policy. For more information about REC sector groups, go to
http://www.rec.uk.com/regions-sectors/sectors

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