26 September 2021
Matthew Fell, CBI Chief Policy Director, said:
“Tackling labour shortages requires a concerted effort from both business and government.
“While the government has finally used levers at its disposal, the limited scope of this announcement has surprised many.
“Businesses are playing their part. Latest CBI data shows almost 7 in 10 firms are planning pay rises. Many are stepping up investment in training, widening talent pools and doubling down on investment in digital and automation.
“Yet the scale of the challenges facing businesses on multiple fronts underlines the need for a COBR-like Cabinet Committee for recovery, enabling much faster action to alleviate short-term pressures.”