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Labour market is major concern

UK: The labour market is currently the main area of concern for employers within the UK HVACR sector, according to a new survey conducted by FETA amongst its 400 members.

The labour market was cited as the biggest issue facing their business by 43% of respondents to the poll. Availability of raw materials (21%) and rising energy costs (14%) were also high on the list of issues being faced by respondents.

“Industry uncertainty and a shortage of skilled labour has pushed labour costs higher and left businesses struggling to recruit the experienced personnel they need. What’s more, with the labour market stretched, many firms also face concerns over retaining existing workers,” FETA said.

Commenting on the findings, FETA chief executive Chris Yates said: “The results of this poll reflect the challenging labour market and ongoing skills shortage in the industry. At FETA we are committed to supporting members struggling to fill vacancies by assisting our associations in the development of training pathways and encouraging employers to explore recruitment schemes such as the government’s Way to Work programme.”

The Way to Work campaign is a national push to fill vacancies and help individuals back into the world of work. Those looking to fill a vacancy are allocated a named employer adviser in a local Jobcentre and granted access to a range of recruitment services.

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