Job adverts hit record

Finance | 19 Oct 2021

The United Kingdom is in dire need of workers - its record job advert figures are proof.

Job ads have reached the highest figure in a year, with almost two million positions on offer.

Active job posts reveal bosses are crying out for 55,000 care workers, 36,570 chefs, 33,000 primary school teachers and 32,600 sales assistants amid urgent calls to relax immigration rules to ease the employment crisis.

The figures for hospitality jobs probably reflect the country opening up as Covid-19 restrictions are lifted.

The figures also show more than 7,500 adverts have been posted for heavy goods vehicle drivers in the UK in the past week. Some offer salaries upward of 50,000 (HK$528,000) a year.

The Road Haulage Association estimates the UK to be short of 100,000 HGV drivers.

Brexit and Covid are among the major reasons put forward by transport groups and ministers for the shortage, which has sparked chaos for the UK's transport industry.

Ministers are being urged to consider relaxing immigration rules to tackle the jobs crisis, while Transport Secretary Grant Shapps urged people not to panic buy fuel, saying: "Carry on as normal."

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