“CIPD’s report is an important call to government to listen to what businesses are saying about the difficulty in accessing skills and filling vacancies. Our Report on Jobs data shows that candidate availability is declining each month. The feedback from recruiters is that we are heading towards crisis point, particularly in health and social care, hospitality and food and drink. Meanwhile, 46 per cent of employers told us they are concerned about not being able to fill permanent roles and this will likely worsen coming up to Christmas.

A healthy UK economy will need people coming from abroad to contribute at all skill levels, across a wide range of sectors. Our immigration system needs to be managed, but it must also be open – helping businesses to grow and create jobs for prosperous future.”