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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 46.6%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 23.9%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 6.8%
I am concerned for other reasons 0%
Don't know 22.7%
I don't think there will be any problem 54.3%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 26.7%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 11.4%
I am concerned for other reasons 0%
Don't know 7.6%
I don't think there will be any problem 46%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 23%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 13%
I am concerned for other reasons 0%
Don't know 18%
I don't think there will be any problem 45.9%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 25.5%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 12.2%
I am concerned for other reasons 0%
Don't know 16.3%
I don't think there will be any problem 51.6%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 22.1%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 3.2%
I am concerned for other reasons 0%
Don't know 23.2%
I don't think there will be any problem 46.7%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 30%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 11.1%
I am concerned for other reasons 0%
Don't know 12.2%
I don't think there will be any problem 48.3%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 19.5%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 13.8%
I am concerned for other reasons 0%
Don't know 18.4%
I don't think there will be any problem 44%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 27.4%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 15.5%
I am concerned for other reasons 0%
Don't know 13.1%
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 43.5%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 4.7%
I am concerned for other reasons 0%
Don't know 9.4%
I don't think there will be any problem 56.5%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 27.1%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 8.2%
I am concerned for other reasons 0%
Don't know 8.2%
I don't think there will be any problem 34.1%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 47.1%
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 8.2%
I don't think there will be any problem 55.6%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 27.8%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 11.1%
Don't know 5.6%
I don't think there will be any problem 64.7%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 23.5%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 11.8%
I am concerned for other reasons 0%
Don't know 0%
I don't think there will be any problem 55%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 35%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 5%
Don't know 5%
I don't think there will be any problem 50%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 37.5%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 12.5%
Don't know 0%
I don't think there will be any problem 76.2%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 19%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 0%
Don't know 4.8%
I don't think there will be any problem 47.4%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 42.1%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 7.9%
Don't know 2.6%
I don't think there will be any problem 47.4%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 36.8%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 15.8%
Don't know 0%

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 22.7%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 26.1%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 51.1%
Other 0%
Don't know 0%
Yes, we have invested in training but we still lack the skills we need 29.5%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 24.8%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 45.7%
Other 0%
Don't know 0%
Yes, we have invested in training but we still lack the skills we need 25%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 27%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 48%
Other 0%
Don't know 0%
Yes, we have invested in training but we still lack the skills we need 30.6%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 22.4%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 46.9%
Other 0%
Don't know 0%
Yes, we have invested in training but we still lack the skills we need 25.3%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 17.9%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 56.8%
Other 0%
Don't know 0%
Yes, we have invested in training but we still lack the skills we need 34.4%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 20%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 45.6%
Other 0%
Don't know 0%
Yes, we have invested in training but we still lack the skills we need 28.7%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 27.6%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 43.7%
Other 0%
Don't know 0%
Yes, we have invested in training but we still lack the skills we need 29.8%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 31%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 39.3%
Other 0%
Don't know 0%
Yes, we have invested in training but we still lack the skills we need 35.3%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 31.8%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 32.9%
Other 0%
Don't know 0%
Yes, we have invested in training but we still lack the skills we need 35.3%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 23.5%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 41.2%
Other 0%
Don't know 0%
Yes, we have invested in training but we still lack the skills we need 32.9%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 38.8%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 28.2%
Other 0%
Don't know 0%
Yes, we have invested in training but we still lack the skills we need 52.6%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 36.8%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 10.5%
Other 0%
Yes, we have invested in training but we still lack the skills we need 42.9%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 21.4%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 14.3%
Other 0%
Don't know 21.4%
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 30%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 20%
Other 0%
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 22.7%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 31.8%
Other (please specify) 0%
Yes, we have invested in training but we still lack the skills we need 64.7%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 23.5%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 11.8%
Other (please specify) 0%
Yes, we have invested in training but we still lack the skills we need 57.6%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 30.3%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 9.1%
Other (please specify) 3%
Yes, we have invested in training but we still lack the skills we need 46.2%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 38.5%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 15.4%
Other (please specify) 0%
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