As the UK economy emerges from the effects of the pandemic, various sectors are reporting shortages of staff.
The lockdown easing has prompted employers to start recruiting. UK job vacancies have hit their highest level since the start of the pandemic.
Yet, puzzlingly, the latest employment figures show one-in-20 people who want a job can’t find one.
Hospitality, for example, is struggling to find staff, and there is a shortage of lorry drivers. Several other sectors face similar problems.
Where have all the workers gone?
In the words of Kate Nicholls, chief executive of trade body UKHospitality, the sector has “the wrong workers in the wrong place at the wrong time”.
Students and apprentices, who often work part-time in hospitality, have had their studies disrupted by Covid and are not in their normal place of education. Other…