Skills shortages still persist
Skills shortages still persist in some areas of the labour market, says REC
The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) has told the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC), the body set up to advise the Home Office on immigration policy, that access to the UK labour market needs to be flexible to help get the economy out of the recession.
The REC has recommended in a submission to the MAC - which is considering tightening the rules that allow skilled migrants to enter the country - that no changes should be made.
Anne Fairweather, the RECs Head of Public Policy said: The Home Office has already made several changes to the immigration system at the eleventh hour which makes it difficult for employers to keep track off. The Home Office should consider any further changes very carefully. Whilst it is important that our immigration system responds to the current labour market, the Government has to recognise that constantly chopping and changing immigration policy can damage employers' ability to access highly skilled workers.
The economic factors in a recession may seem to indicate that there will be a large increase in candidates on the market. However the situation is a lot more complex and varied than this picture suggests if the experience of previous recessions hold true. Many candidates have become less flexible in what they will accept as anxiety drives them to be more cautious and risk adverse. This means that skills shortages still persist in some sectors of the labour market.
The latest Report on Jobs found that the labour market is beginning to show very early signs of improvement. If the proposed changes go ahead then UK plc may not have access to highly skilled workers. This in turn may damage the UKs economic recovery when it comes.