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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 25%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 45%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 25%
I am concerned for other reasons 0%
Don't know 5%
I don't think there will be any problem 49.2%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 37.3%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 10.2%
I am concerned for other reasons 0%
Don't know 3.4%
I don't think there will be any problem 31%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 48.3%
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 6.9%
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 35.7%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 9.5%
I am concerned for other reasons 0%
Don't know 9.5%
I don't think there will be any problem 52%
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 4%
I am concerned for other reasons 0%
Don't know 8%
I don't think there will be any problem 45.5%
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 18.2%
I am concerned for other reasons 0%
Don't know 2.3%
I don't think there will be any problem 41.9%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 37.1%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 9.7%
I am concerned for other reasons 0%
Don't know 11.3%
I don't think there will be any problem 45.5%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 30.9%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 14.5%
I am concerned for other reasons 0%
Don't know 9.1%
I don't think there will be any problem 39.7%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 29.4%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 20.6%
I am concerned for other reasons 0%
Don't know 10.3%
I don't think there will be any problem 55.1%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 30.4%
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 1.4%
I don't think there will be any problem 50%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 39.6%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 6.3%
I am concerned for other reasons 0%
Don't know 4.2%
I don't think there will be any problem 52.6%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 21.1%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 15.8%
Don't know 10.5%
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 5.3%
I am concerned for other reasons 5.3%
Don't know 5.3%
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%
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 34.8%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 8.7%
Don't know 0%
I don't think there will be any problem 40%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 55%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 5%
Don't know 0%
I don't think there will be any problem 52.9%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 17.6%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 11.8%
Don't know 17.6%
I don't think there will be any problem 52.4%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 28.6%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 14.3%
Don't know 4.8%

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 47.5%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 22.5%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 30%
Other 0%
Don't know 0%
Yes, we have invested in training but we still lack the skills we need 54.2%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 32.2%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 13.6%
Other 0%
Don't know 0%
Yes, we have invested in training but we still lack the skills we need 36.2%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 37.9%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 25.9%
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 19%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 31%
Other 0%
Don't know 0%
Yes, we have invested in training but we still lack the skills we need 40%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 12%
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 54.5%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 18.2%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 27.3%
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 24.2%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 32.3%
Other 0%
Don't know 0%
Yes, we have invested in training but we still lack the skills we need 49.1%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 18.2%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 32.7%
Other 0%
Don't know 0%
Yes, we have invested in training but we still lack the skills we need 39.7%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 44.1%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 16.2%
Other 0%
Don't know 0%
Yes, we have invested in training but we still lack the skills we need 53.6%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 30.4%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 15.9%
Other 0%
Don't know 0%
Yes, we have invested in training but we still lack the skills we need 37.5%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 33.3%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 29.2%
Other 0%
Don't know 0%
Yes, we have invested in training but we still lack the skills we need 47.4%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 31.6%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 21.1%
Other 0%
Yes, we have invested in training but we still lack the skills we need 44%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 48%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 8%
Other 0%
Don't know 0%
Yes, we have invested in training but we still lack the skills we need 47.4%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 47.4%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 5.3%
Other 0%
Yes, we have invested in training but we still lack the skills we need 56.3%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 31.3%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 12.5%
Other (please specify) 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 37.5%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 12.5%
Other (please specify) 0%
Yes, we have invested in training but we still lack the skills we need 56.3%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 31.3%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 12.5%
Other (please specify) 0%
Yes, we have invested in training but we still lack the skills we need 88.2%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 0%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 11.8%
Other (please specify) 0%
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