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Brexit Report Indicates Struggle For Talent Will Increase

London, March 2019 - A report from workforce management expert Quinyx in collaboration with Development Economics and Censuswide, has found nearly ..
by Laurie Pace


London, March 2019 - A report from workforce management expert Quinyx in collaboration with Development Economics and Censuswide, has found nearly half (49 per cent) of UK employers struggle to recruit blue-collar workers, with the same percentage reporting challenges around retention. The report includes economic analysis of ONS data and findings from an employer sentiment survey of 1,008 senior decision makers in UK firms.

Issues with recruitment and retention were discovered to be most acute in industries such as hospitality, catering and leisure and retail. In addition, larger businesses (those with a workforce of 250 to 500) are more likely to face challenges compared to smaller-sized businesses. Regionally, businesses in London and the East of England are most likely to struggle to recruit workers into manual or elementary service roles. The research also uncovered some key reasons why these recruitment and retention challenges exist.

When asked to identify the key frustrations of their workforce, 33 per cent of UK employers cited low pay as a major grievance, with 32 per cent saying it’s the main reason employees quit. Similarly, a quarter (25 per cent) quoted unsocial hours as significant problem, with 23 per cent saying it’s the main reason they lose employees. A lack of career progression among manual and elementary service workers also causes employers to lose staff, with 22 per cent saying it’s a notable grievance, and 24 per cent citing it as main reason for their employees quitting.

One fifth (19 per cent) of employers also claimed lack of flexibility in the workplace as a major complaint among their workforce – with 17 per cent saying it’s the main reason why workers quit their jobs. Indeed, despite reported increases in flexible working among manual or elementary service workers in recent years, there is more that needs to be done.


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