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Firms are struggling to fill jobs, report finds

8 April 2014 Last updated at 15:54 BST

The number of job vacancies in England is increasing - but employers are struggling to find enough staff to meet demand, according to a new report.

The Recruitment and Employment Confederation and accountants KPMG found that the availability of permanent and part-time staff fell at the sharpest rate for a decade.

Stephen Barter, director of KPMG, told BBC Radio 5 live's Morning Reports: the skills shortage was causing "particular difficulties" for firms wanting to grow - but instead having to raise wages to attract candidates.