UK jobs ‘go unfilled’ as skills shortage bites, study warns – Sky News

Citing a new study, Sky News warns that UK jobs ‘go unfilled’ as skills shortage bites. It highlights that the NHS and the cyber security sector are among the worst affected, as demand for permanent staff grows.

Source: UK jobs ‘go unfilled’ as skills shortage bites, study warns

Clearly foreigners are going home as the uncertainties of Brexit loom. Also the Brexit referendum triggered an outbreak of xenophobic attacks.

Meanwhile, UK workers lack the skills and motivation to match the available jobs.

The trend will get worse until the Brexit terms are clear. So along with austerity, the NHS must now deal with a labour shortage.

Surely, after from accelerating Brexit negotiations, government policy must get the unemployed back to work?

Thoughts?

Vulnerable consumers in regulated industries – National Audit Office (NAO)

This is an recommended read from the UK’s National Audit Office. It suggests that regulators and government need to work together better to ensure that vulnerable consumers get the support they need.

Source: Vulnerable consumers in regulated industries – National Audit Office (NAO)

For me the scope of this article is understated. For example, what about regulation of the UK airports?

I have recently returned from the US and witnessed far higher levels of service and quality in US airports both on domestic and international flights. Take security as an example, in the US, technology permits scanning of hand-baggage without taking out laptops and toiletries. Why? Well there’s less inertia in the US and consumers are more assertive.

Also US airports are clean, functional and retail outlets offer both quality and value. Generally, customer facing staff are courteous and smiling. So why are things so different in the UK?

I question whether UK regulators are too close to commercial players, at the expense of both consumers and employees?

Thoughts?