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Comment: Indeed.com comment on today's ONS Labour stats

David Rudick, VP International Markets, Indeed.com

“ONS figures released today reveal that unemployment has dropped to its lowest level since the end of 2008 - a great sign of a recovering economy. But as employment continues to rise, employers are finding it increasingly difficult to hire people who the right fit for the job. In a reverse trend, there are now employment gaps, with a number of industries lacking the number of skilled workers to fit the vacancies, according to a report released by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR).

“With the UK facing a skills gap, the obvious resolution would be to look beyond the UK to find the best talent. Our research uncovers that there is certainly an appetite for it. Indeed’s recent review of the international job market revealed that the UK is the third most desirable job market worldwide, with over 9% of job searches in the UK coming from international sources. This reveals a gap in intent and actual job movement, which may suggest that current policies are preventing international job seekers from filling much-needed skilled positions in the UK. If we are to continue to improve the economy and fill the gaps in the job market, the government needs to reassess visa and migration policies for skilled workers to allow for better international workforce mobility.”

- David Rudick, VP International Markets, Indeed.com

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