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REC response to the delayed easing of restrictions

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Responding to the announcement that the final easing of Coronavirus restrictions will be delayed to 19 July, Neil Carberry, Chief Executive of the REC said:

“Many businesses will naturally be disappointed that full re-opening has been delayed, especially in sectors like leisure and hospitality, as they still can't get back to full capacity. It is essential that government also extends targeted support measures that have been in place alongside the restrictions. 

“Our data shows recruiters reporting massive labour shortages across the economy right now, and any delays to hiring could have serious consequences. Employers need digital Right to Work checks to remain to help them place staff quickly now there is a delay to fully lifting COVID restrictions – in line with public health guidance. We’d urge government to use the time to consult on making digital checks a permanent feature of the labour market. Our experience is that they have raised levels of compliance and given UK nationals greater opportunities to get into work quickly.”

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