by Our News Desk
A SHORTAGE of drivers could leave families without their Christmas gifts, a new report revealed yesterday.
A study by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation showed a huge fall in the availability of temporary and contract staff in recent weeks, especially for drivers.
Chief executive Kevin Green warned that the skills crisis facing some sectors could make it a “sad” Christmas.
“More than two-thirds of recruiters that supply drivers said that a shortage of candidates will cause chaos for shops and delayed deliveries for shoppers,” he said.
A shortage of temporary skilled staff was also reported in construction, engineering, nursing, computing and catering.
The availability of temporary or contract staff fell at its steepest rate in 18 years in November.
Midlands-based agencies reported the fastest growth in temporary jobs, while demand for staff remained stronger in private firms than in the public sector.
“As we look ahead to 2016 the data suggests that the public sector is starting to cut its recruitment activity as austerity bites, while the private sector is still hunting for skills and talent.”