Few if any employers will be surprised that bosses can’t find workers in spite of the number of unemployed people.
Frustrated bosses say they can’t find suitable workers for even the most basic of labouring jobs despite the high unemployment rate, as they deal with people who turn up drunk if they come to work at all. . .
It’s not just that people are unskilled. People who are willing to work are almost always willing to learn and can be trained.
The problem is attitude rather than aptitude; some people just don’t have the will to work – it’s not that they can’t but that they won’t.
This is a very good reason for ensuring there is a reasonable gap between what people get on a benefit and what they can earn from work.
It is also a good reason to continue with benefit reforms which send a very strong message that welfare is a safety net for those in real need not a hammock for those who can’t be bothered.