Recruitment Difficulties Experienced by Three Quarters of Employers

Three quarters of organisations surveyed by the CIPD (Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development) for its annual Resourcing and Talent Planning Survey, have experienced recruitment difficulties over the past year.

As in previous years, the main reason for these recruitment difficulties has been a lack of necessary specialist or technical skills (72 per cent compared to 67 per cent in 2010), with managers/professionals and technical positions (28 per cent) the most difficult to fill.

Three quarters (73 per cent) of organisations highlighted an increase in the number of unsuitable candidates for job vacancies, fuelled by the sheer weight of applications received, due to high levels of unemployment. However, more than half of employers (52 per cent) believe that competition for talent is even greater this year, compared to 41 per cent and 20 per cent in 2010 and 2009 respectively.

One clear contributing factor to the talent shortage issue is that those who are in work are reluctant to leave in a volatile employment market.

Commenting on the findings, Claire McCartney of the CIPD said:

“High levels of unemployment have boosted quantity, but employers are still struggling with quality. Headlines focus on high levels of unemployment, but those stark statistics mask an ongoing struggle for employers to find the skills and experience they need to drive their businesses forward. Shortages of specialist and technical skills run the risk of slamming an unwelcome brake on the long-term competitiveness of the UK economy.”

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