This years UKCES Employer Skills Survey, one of the largest of its kind in the world, reported that there were 928,000 job vacancies in 2015. 

Talking to people from all kinds of professions, one of the most common complaints I hear is that a lack of skilled workers is acting as a barrier to growth. Whether it's law firms, accountants, engineers, or start-up and scale-up businesses of any kind, businesses are struggling to find the staff to fulfil their growth plans.

With a referendum on Britain's place in the UK looming, one of the major questions that the Leave campaign will need to answer, is how they are going to deal with this gap while at the same time diminishing the employment pool. 

Graduates from abroad now make up 28 per cent of students in finance in British universities and this is only one example of a sector that relies on skilled foreign labour.

If British businesses are to continue to grow and take advantage of the current economic climate, this is an important question that needs to be addressed sooner rather than later.