UK workforce facing 3.1m shortfall

The UK’s workforce will be short of 3.1m skilled workers by 2050 if it fails to boost skills or loosen controls on its borders, a recruiter said yesterday. If the UK’s population rises to 74.5m by 2050, as expected, even with an employment rate at pre-crisis levels of 71.6 per cent, just 32.3m out of 45.1m people of working age will be in work, Randstad projects, unless the government U-turns on the restrictive migration policy it began in 2010.