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Staff shortages and skills gaps in key industries across the UK are becoming an increasing issue and challenge. Hospitality, travel and tourism and the health sectors are some of the most impacted industries affected by labour shortages.

The Week  publication recently labelled the current labour shortages as the ‘most urgent problem facing the UK economy right now.’ It also reported that in total there are 900,000 fewer workers today than the Bank of England expected before the pandemic struck*.

From shortages of airport staff causing travel chaos to the need to drive up medical staff in the NHS to deal with the backlog of patients as a result of the pandemic, it is a challenge that needs addressing.

Let’s take the NHS as an example, while the current labour shortages we are facing are thought to be due to Brexit and the global pandemic, the reality is that the NHS has long had a stretched workforce despite being one of the biggest employers in the UK and Europe. At the end of 2021, the NHS directly employed almost 1.6 million people.

Ensuring the NHS has the right people with the right skills is critical for both the quality and sustainability of healthcare provision in the UK. A recent report from The Health Foundation found that a further 314,000 full-time NHS staff would be needed over the next decade**.

Could starting your own recruitment business help?

Could you start a recruitment agency to help alleviate the current labour shortage crisis? While you may be thinking what difference can one person make, the answer is quite a big one. Particularly if you have a specialism in these sectors and can help match candidates to the right positions quickly and accurately.

While this is a problem that is not going to be solved overnight, your expertise in recruitment could make you perfectly placed to make an impact on labour shortages. Using your knowledge of your chosen sectors along with the best hiring practices can help reduce the time to hire, which can make a big difference to the sectors struggling due to the labour shortage.

Being able to reduce the time it takes to hire could mean that more people would be in employment much quicker to address the challenges.

Of course, not only will you be playing a key part in the regrowth of the UK economy but you will also benefit in many ways yourself. Firstly, being your own boss means you decide when you work and when you don’t. Which can help you create a better work/life balance so you will have more free time to spend with your family or to pursue your hobbies.

Secondly, you will earn more money working for yourself than you will working for other people. Rather than getting just a percentage of the billing, it will all be yours and as your own boss, you decide how that money is spent. Whether you want to use it to expand your team and grow your business, invest in recruitment technologies or increase your salary – the decision is yours and yours alone.

You may have already been considering going it alone by launching your own recruitment business, and right now couldn’t be a better time. Beyond the lifestyle and financial rewards you would personally achieve, you would be part of the solution to the current employment issues and with the help of SSG you could launch your new business in as little as 4 weeks.

How SSG can support you

Having helped more than 500 recruitment businesses successfully launch over the past 20 years, the SSG team have successfully navigate the industry’s changes over the last decade.

With our support our clients can solely focus on recruiting and billing, while we take the stressful elements out of running a business. When you partner with us, you will not need to worry about accounting, marketing or legal process – leave all that to us, it’s what we do.

Are you ready to go solo?

If you are ready to elevate your income, enhance your work/life balance and make a difference in the current labour shortage crisis by starting your own recruitment business, download The Ultimate Recruitment Business Startup Guide 2023 Edition to get you started.

We appreciate the courage it takes to begin the journey of running your own recruitment business, but we are here every step of the way to guide you on the path to becoming your own boss.

Next Steps

Ready to talk to us? Schedule a call today with a member of our team to see how we can help you launch your own successful recruitment business.

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