SECTORS employing a high number of EU nationals are starting to feel a recruitment pinch.
According to the CIPD and Adecco's labour market outlook, while the short-term outlook for employment remains strong, skills and labour shortages are starting to become evident in sectors employing a raft of EU nationals.
Despite a near record number of vacancies - 748,000 according to the latest Office for National Statistics (ONS) data - UK employers are finding it tough to fill roles with the right people.
ONS data from January shows that low-skilled sectors typically employing a large number of non-UK nationals from the EU are facing recruitment challenges, with vacancies in retail and wholesale, manufacturing, health and accommodation and food services making up nearly half of vacancies.
The CIPD and Adecco's survey of more than 1,000 employers found the most common response to labour shortages has been to leave positions empty, reflecting the "tightness of the domestic labour market" and initial signs the UK is attracting and retaining fewer EU nationals.
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