WORKERS starting new jobs are receiving “steep increases in pay” as recruiters reported staff shortages among baristas for the first time, according to a survey of recruiters.
Salary increases for permanent workers accelerated in December after a slight slowdown in the previous month, according to a report by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) to be published today.
The REC’s index tracking salaries recorded by its recruiter members rose to 60.7 points in the month, far above the no-change 50 mark.
The availability of permanent staff fell for the 56th consecutive month, amid historically high employment levels. Employers have reported a shortage of candidates for niche, high-skilled roles, or those requiring detailed technical knowledge, for months, but the dearth of candidates has started to affect nongraduate jobs as well.
Shortages in the hospitality sector suggest the government should have an immigration policy to allow businesses to recruit non-graduates from abroad as well as more skilled employees, said Tom Hadley, REC director of policy.
By JASPER JOLLY
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