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Welsh job vacancies increase by 14%

Wed, 4 Jun 2014
Job vacancies across Wales have seen a 14% increase over the past two years, according to the latest research from the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES).

The findings show the job market in Wales is on the up, with 3,000 more vacancies available in 2013 compared to 2011. The news comes the day after recruiter.co.uk reported that Jobs Growth Wales, a programme to help young people into work, had created 13,000 job opportunities since 2012.

However, the survey also shows that skills shortage vacancies – or job vacancies where employers are unable to find a recruit with the right skills to do the job – have also risen, with employers struggling to fill one fifth of all vacancies.

Skilled trade occupations are among the worst affected by skills shortages, with employers unable to fill almost half (44%) of vacancies due to a lack of relevant skills.

Scott Waddington, chief executive officer of drinks and hospitality company SA Brain and Co and UKCES commissioner for Wales, says that offering “regular and relevant training” can provide just way of combating the skills shortage issue.

“If employers are continually developing the skills of their workforce more people are given opportunities to progress in their work, and more employers have access to the talent they need,” he adds.

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