Following the BBC’s recent story – the mystery of the UK’s missing workers – it’s right to assume that many business owners thought promoting new roles as lockdown eases would mean hundreds of applicants would come flooding through their doors. But what many weren’t prepared for, was the shortage of people actually looking for work.

On this,  Sabby Gill, CEO at Thomas International the leading talent assessment provider shares his thoughts.

“Clearly, there are too many workers who feel they were in the wrong industries pre-pandemic and aren’t interested in going back to the likes of hospitality or retail roles.

“To solve the mystery of the UK’s missing workers, businesses struggling to fill roles need to pay more attention to how they recruit, train and treat their employees. Employers need to go beyond the CV and explore potential candidates that might not have the “right skill set” or traditional experience, but the right cultural fit. And for existing staff, they need to nurture future leaders, improve employee engagement, and motivate the entire workforce.

“Business leaders should take this as an opportunity to work on their employee strategy. Those that don’t, risk searching fruitlessly for talent in the coming months.”

By Lisa Baker, Senior Editor

Senior Editor Lisa Baker is the owner of Need to See it Publishing Group, providing contract news for business and news sites across the UK. Lisa is an experienced HR writer and commentator, editing HR publications for more than 5 years.