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Skills shortage in manufacturing and supply chain industries intensifies jobs tipping point Recently the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development reported that 58.8 per cent of graduates in the UK are in “non-graduate” roles, as graduate supply grows faster than jobs are created in industries including professional services. Beatrice Bartlay, a recruiter for the manufacturing and logistics sectors, warns that a collapse could be imminent as fewer people choose careers in skilled industries. Bartlay, who is Founder and MD of specialist staffing agency 2B Interface, claims that the UK’s blue collar industries – including manufacturing, joinery, metalwork, logistics and construction – are having to source employees from a rapidly shrinking talent pool. Bartlay said: “Manufacturing is a case in point because it is currently enjoying a resurgence in volumes of higher value contracts. As well as this, output is currently growing and expected to grow in to the next quarter. Manufacturing is the key to the UK’s continual economic growth, but traditional and niche skills in this sector are becoming more limited every day. The whole supply chain is suffering; from welders to HGV drivers – which ultimately will have an impact on white-collar businesses. After all, how are you going to sit at your nice desk with nobody to make and transport it?” Bartlay’s statement echoes recent reports that specific job roles are getting harder to fill as more and more young people choose academia over skilled manual labour. In August 2015, four major logistics trade bodies announced a collaboration to promote careers in HGV operation, particularly to attract women, ethnic minorities and school leavers to the industry. The Road Haulage Association, part of the consortium, stated that 45,000 HGV drivers were due to retire by 2016 – with no figure coming close to replacing them. hrnetworkjobs.com

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Hr Network Vol 11 Iss 2  

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