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Half of employers – 48 per cent – expect a skills shortage in their workforce in the second half of this year, according to a survey.

20 per cent said if the UK chose to leave the EU they would anticipate this shortage to be exacerbated, according to research by recruitment consultancy Robert Walters.

It also showed that employers were worried that talent would be scarce as they may be restricted from employing EU nationals, which would dramatically decrease their choice.

This was a particular concern among digital professionals. Ed Glover, associate director of marketing recruitment at Robert Walters, said: “Despite economic uncertainty, a significant number of employers are still planning to recruit marketing professionals in the second half.

“However, these efforts may be hampered due to a widespread perception that top-calibre candidates will be difficult to source.

“In particular, demand is high for digital marketing specialists at senior levels across the technology, fintech and agency sectors, with growing pressure on relatively small talent pools.”

This perception means that companies are more compelled to maintain the workforces they already have.

The survey reported an average wage increase in this sector of 41 per cent, which is believed to be in relation to this issue, over the next six months.

73 per cent of employers said they would hire staff into mind-level marketing roles in the next six months, and 25 per cent at director status. 49 per cent said they intended to hire senior executives and managers, and 59 per cent at junior levels.

Brexit has also caused speculation within the workplace about job security.

70 per cent of employers polled said members of their staff had expressed concerns regarding job security and their rights to stay and work in the UK post-Brexit, according to a separate survey by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

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