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Covid blues makes employers see red as they battle to find ...

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Covid blues makes employers see red as they battle to find workers

In the UK, more than 400,000 people dropped out of work between February 2020 and November last year

Philip Aldrick

A mental health crisis among working-age Britons made worse by the coronavirus pandemic is driving UK labour shortages, causing severe recruitment difficulties for employers.

Official figures published this week revealed that 411,000 people dropped out of the workforce between February 2020, the month before lockdown, and November last year. Of those, 209,000 were “long-term sick”, which is now the largest single reason for inactivity.

A lack of workers is creating serious problems for companies. The UK had almost 1.2-million unfilled vacancies in December despite record hiring, a shortfall that is driving up wages and holding back firms across the economy. ..

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