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Recrutiment & Employment Confederation

A guide on engaging your local MP on worker shortages

Labour shortages and workforce planning

Download the guide and engage with your local MP

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​​​​​​​In the last couple of months, the REC campaigns team has been developing a campaign on labour shortages where we aim to secure meaningful and practical policy actions from Government that will boost our members' ability to fill vacancies for clients. The campaigns team will be engaging MPs and Peers on this issue - but local MPs care what their constituents think so we need your help in reaching out to them.  

A member of the REC campaigns team will be happy to join any meetings members secure with their MPs. The template (right) is a guide but don't be afraid to tailor it to your needs - especially if you already know your MP. We can help with making sure you have the right evidence and data to use to back up your arguments, but we know that you have the frontline insight your MP will want from a local constituent. If there are further questions, please get in touch with us via   

​​​​​​​In this guide:

  • You’ll find a template letter to reach out to your local MP. You are welcome to replace the letterhead with your own and tailor it to suit your business.
  • The letter should be emailed as a PDF attachment.
  • You will also find a covering email which you can use when reaching out to your MP.

Labour and skills shortages report


We collected data from across the industry to understand the scale and complexity of the labour and skills shortage, here are our findings.