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Recruitment

49

%

of firms think there is a skills shortage in either their sector ( 36%) or region (13)

Summary

Published March 2021

Many sectors are continuing to battle a significant skills shortage, struggling to attract talent to their businesses. We look at how confident firms feel about being able to recruit adequately skilled staff and whether they’ve considered investing in staff training to help fill the skills gap

Questions

How confident do you feel about being able to recruit adequately skilled staff?

I don't think there will be any problem 44.8%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 32.9%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 12.9%
I am concerned for other reasons 0%
Don't know 9.4%
I don't think there will be any problem 40.8%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 36%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 12.8%
I am concerned for other reasons 0%
Don't know 10.4%
I don't think there will be any problem 45.2%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 33.7%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 10.5%
I am concerned for other reasons 0%
Don't know 10.5%
I don't think there will be any problem 42.8%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 39%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 12.6%
I am concerned for other reasons 0%
Don't know 5.7%
I don't think there will be any problem 40.3%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 39.1%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 11.7%
I am concerned for other reasons 0%
Don't know 9%
I don't think there will be any problem 42.4%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 35.8%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 13.4%
I am concerned for other reasons 0%
Don't know 8.4%
I don't think there will be any problem 39.8%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 39.5%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 13.7%
I am concerned for other reasons 0%
Don't know 7.1%
I don't think there will be any problem 44%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 36.2%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 11.7%
I am concerned for other reasons 0%
Don't know 8.1%
I don't think there will be any problem 41.6%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 39.1%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 10.6%
I am concerned for other reasons 0%
Don't know 8.6%
I don't think there will be any problem 48.8%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 39.2%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 8.8%
Don't know 3.3%
I don't think there will be any problem 42.4%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 36.6%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 13.4%
I am concerned for other reasons 3.8%
Don't know 3.8%
I don't think there will be any problem 50.7%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 34.1%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 11.7%
Don't know 3.4%
I don't think there will be any problem 46.6%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 40.6%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 10.8%
Don't know 2%
I don't think there will be any problem 50.2%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 40.6%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 6.5%
Don't know 2.7%
I don't think there will be any problem 45%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 40.5%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 12%
Don't know 2.6%
I don't think there will be any problem 46.8%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 40.7%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 10.9%
Don't know 1.6%

Have you considered investing in staff training to help fill the skills gap?

Yes, we have invested in training but we still lack the skills we need 38.6%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 28.3%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 33.1%
Other 0%
Don't know 0%
Yes, we have invested in training but we still lack the skills we need 41.1%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 28.7%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 30.2%
Other 0%
Don't know 0%
Yes, we have invested in training but we still lack the skills we need 36.5%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 26.2%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 37.3%
Other 0%
Don't know 0%
Yes, we have invested in training but we still lack the skills we need 42.8%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 28.7%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 28.6%
Other 0%
Don't know 0%
Yes, we have invested in training but we still lack the skills we need 43.5%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 28.7%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 27.8%
Other 0%
Don't know 0%
Yes, we have invested in training but we still lack the skills we need 40.5%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 29.9%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 29.6%
Other 0%
Don't know 0%
Yes, we have invested in training but we still lack the skills we need 42.7%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 30.9%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 26.4%
Other 0%
Don't know 0%
Yes, we have invested in training but we still lack the skills we need 38.8%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 28.8%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 32.4%
Other 0%
Don't know 0%
Yes, we have invested in training but we still lack the skills we need 38.5%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 31.1%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 30.4%
Other 0%
Don't know 0%
Yes, we have invested in training but we still lack the skills we need 50%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 34.3%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 15.3%
Other 0.4%
Yes, we have invested in training but we still lack the skills we need 49.2%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 29.7%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 13%
Other 0%
Don't know 8.1%
Yes, we have invested in training but we still lack the skills we need 46.4%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 36.5%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 16%
Other 1.1%
Yes, we have invested in training but we still lack the skills we need 45.5%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 32.8%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 19.6%
Other (please specify) 2.1%
Yes, we have invested in training but we still lack the skills we need 51.7%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 31.7%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 15.1%
Other (please specify) 1.5%
Yes, we have invested in training but we still lack the skills we need 49.5%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 32.5%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 17.3%
Other (please specify) 0.7%
Yes, we have invested in training but we still lack the skills we need 69.8%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 17.6%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 12.1%
Other (please specify) 0.5%

Will your firm be hiring in 2021?

yes 46.6%
no 37.7%
Unsure 15.8%

Will your firm be making redundancies in 2021?

yes 23.9%
no 59.4%
Unsure 15.8%
Prefer not to say 0.9%
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