Workers are in short supply
LONDON (AP) .— The number of jobs available in Britain rose to a record nearly 1.2 million, the British government reported yesterday, reflecting labor shortages as a result of the pandemic and Britain’s exit from the European Union. .
Following a fuel shortage that led to long lines at gas stations and empty shelves in supermarkets, the National Statistics Office reported that shortages persisted in sectors such as hotels and transportation.
It has become apparent in recent weeks that the British economy is running a shortage of workers, and not just truckers. The causes are multiple, but it is obvious that the combination of “Brexit” with the pandemic led many European workers to leave Great Britain and return to their countries.
The Institute for Employment Studies notes that there is a deficit of some 900,000 workers in the UK, calculated as the difference between now available workers and projections based on pre-pandemic trends.
“This responds to a lower participation in the labor market of older people and young people, coupled with the huge gaps in employment rates between the disabled and those afflicted by health conditions,” said the director of the Institute of Studies of Employment, Tony Wilson.
Although there is a labor shortage, the statistics agency revealed that the number of workers on payroll in the United Kingdom rose to a record 29.2 million in September, as the economy rebounded as various restrictions were lifted by the pandemic.
Increases in hiring and in the number of vacant jobs should help people who are returning to the labor market after the completion of the financial assistance program introduced to compensate for job losses due to the crisis. Under that plan, the government paid 80% of the salaries of the unemployed. At its peak, the program helped more than 11 million people, but now, when many people are returning to their jobs after the economy reopens, the number is just over 1 million.