Posted 27.10.2021

The latest Quarterly Economic Survey findings, (published 20 October 2021) by Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry and BDO NI suggest that while there are positive signs of recovery in the Northern Ireland economy, inflationary pressures from mounting business costs and labour availability are negatively impacting business confidence.

In Q3 21, 70% of manufacturers and 74% of services were trying to recruit.  Recruitment difficulties were one of the most persistent and growing concerns among members pre COVID-19 and it is now re-emerging as a significant issue, with 80% of survey respondents in Q3 21 finding it difficult to get staff.

This statistic reflects our recent Job Match employer survey – which showed that 90% of our employers experienced some sort of difficulty accessing the right staff with the right skills during 2020-2021 due to COVID-19 and through Job Match we helped them to find suitable candidates.

Read more on how Job Match can help employers find suitable candidates.

Read the full NI Chamber / BDP NI Survey