2021 UK recruit industry

This article will discuss the recruitment industry amidst the pandemic and post-Brexit. The pandemic forced not only the UK but the rest of the world into recession. Employment fell significantly, and this is the largest since the 2009 financial crisis. The Office for Budget Responsibility has stated that UK unemployment has reached 2.2 million, which is 6.5% of the population by the end of 2021. About 14.3% of the unemployed were from the ages 16 to 24. According to the Guardian, many of Britain’s employers are finding it difficult to find staff as they try to rush in reopening after the lockdown. The sudden drop in overseas workers is due to the pandemic and Brexit occurring at the same time. If you want to learn more about this, keep on reading!

UK’s recruit during the pandemic

The pandemic caused a quarter of all UK employment to be under the government’s retention job scheme. Based on the Recruitment & Employment Confederation report, permanent vacancies took a sharp drop last year. Many companies were hiring less than in previous years. Due to the pandemic, organizations that continue to recruit have faced several challenges in logistics. Part of the difficulty was due to strict social distancing regulations making in-person interviews hard to do, which mean HR and operating departments that are remotely coordinating hiring programmes through virtual interviews and video conferences. A recruitment trend brought by the crisis was the increase in collaboration across employers and sectors. According to Eva Sage-Gavin from Accenture, regardless of the pandemic subsides, it had a great impact on the talent and employment industry as a whole as well as on a personal level.

UK’s recruit after Brexit

The Undercover Recruiter has reported that coffee shops, restaurants and bars, hospitals, and educational institutions are struggling to find staff. Coffee shops, restaurants and bars are struggling because EU Nationals who came to the UK to study worked part-time in these businesses. But because they can no longer immediately enter the UK, the hospitality industry heavily relied on this temporary employment is now struggling. Hospitals are experiencing the “worst nursing crisis” in twenty years because numerous EU nurses that register to work in the UK have 96% dropped after the Brexit vote. The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) found that this hasn’t happened since 2008, wherein many nurses and midwives are no longer part of the profession. Lastly, educational institutions such as universities are struggling to find lecturers and have gone high as 51% and for teachers about 49%. Many UK universities rely on the influx of EU and international lecturers, support staff, and researchers. Because of Brexit, there is uncertainty with the rights of EU Nationals, forcing many academics to leave Britain.

Retraining local workforce

A poll was made of over 5,700 companies, and 52% reported that they tried hiring staff for three months. The industries with the most problems in recruiting workforce were construction, manufacturing, catering and hotel. During the pandemic, about 1.3 million non-UK workers left. Many business leaders have stated that there should be more investment in skills and training from the government to increase domestic candidates within the country.

In an article by City Guilds & Group Collaboration, Prime Minister Boris Johnson addressed that to level up the UK’s labour force. He voiced the need to increase the value of vocational and practical education through the lifetime skills guarantee. The government plans to have skills boot camp training programmes available across all regions in the UK to retrain adults in different fully funded areas. Part of the training involves 400 free courses via jobs programme. Part of it involves digital and technical training such as green skills (sustainable agriculture, nuclear energy, green transport, and more), coding and software development, etc.