SMEs struggling to hire as application numbers fall dramatically and vacancies hit over a million

In what has been a critical stage of recovery, many SMEs have come through a period of immense challenges, however, a parallel problem is arising that could threaten the survival of thousands of these firms. This problem comes in an acute lack of available skilled staff, as the number of advertised jobs hits one million, rising by over 35% in the last month alone, and the number of people on payroll grew to levels not seen since the start of the pandemic.

As the number of people in employment grows and vacancies hit record levels, an acute lack of available talent is being experienced by almost every sector of the UK economy, from hospitality, to the highly skilled digital experts easing the transition from physical spaces to the digital world. As such, a new report has outlined the crippling shortage of programmers and software development professionals, where 68,929 vacancies exist in a sector that has come to be more vital than ever for the survival of businesses.

Programmers and software developers have become increasingly important as lockdown restrictions and a changing consumer mindset has increased demand for digital solutions. Whether it be an app to order a drink at a pub or a need to offer online shopping, a digital offering is now essential. Demand for this skillset has rocketed recently, this is according to software development and team augmentation specialists DCSL GuideSmiths, who help firms keep up with project demands by finding the right talent to help deliver results quickly.

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