Painters and postal workers are in demand as UK faces a labour shortage

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New data shows that the UK job market continues to prosper, and it is difficult for employers to fill vacancies in demand. 

According to the Recruitment and Employment Confederation(REC) data, 1.7 million active jobs were posted in the UK in the first week of August, which is the second-highest weekly data since December 2020. 

Some of the most in-demand jobs include painters jobs, decorators and plasterers. Due to the pandemic, Britons want to renovate their living spaces and spend more time at home, increasing demand. 

There was a notable increase in adverts for photographer jobs, audio-visual and broadcasting equipment mechanics last week, in addition to farm workers as the harvest season continues. Postal workers and insurance underwriters were also in demand. 

Approximately 204,000 new jobs were posted in the first week of this month, the fourth-highest weekly data since the pandemic began. Driven by the pandemic and Brexit, labour shortages continue to affect many sectors. “Since the final COVID restrictions were lifted in July, the number of new job adverts has continued to ramp up,” said Kate Shoesmith, deputy chief executive of the REC. “Employers are desperate to find good staff to help them recover and grow in the coming months.” 

The shoemaker said that the shortage of workers in almost all industries is beginning to translate into higher wages and better benefits in some industries. 

She added that employers needed more support from the government. Business needs an effective, long-term plan on skills and an immigration system that has the flexibility to meet employers’ needs, Shoesmith said. 

REC said that as the summer vacation continues and the industry’s cooling-off period, the number of active positions for game workers and other teaching and education professionals has fallen the most. 

Source: Yahoo Finance UK 

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