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Skills shortage still evident

Published: Friday, 22 February 2008   Category: Graduate Job sector Reports

There is still a skills shortage evident in today's job market, which has been highlighted by Friday's 'Work Your Proper hours Day', according to an expert.

The day has been implemented in light of recent research which found that around one in ten managers are working more hours than they are contracted for as well as giving away some £5,000 a year in unpaid overtime.

Richard Lawrance, managing director at Resourcing Solutions, which specialises in placing candidates in the transport and construction sectors expressed the opinion that all workers should work only the hours they are supposed to, but that record level skills shortage are making this impossible.

Commenting on the issue, he said: "We're currently in the midst of a candidate driven market - employees have their pick of the jobs and for many, contract work has never been more attractive. There's plenty of work, the hourly rates of pay are higher than those of a permanent worker and overtime is often paid."


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