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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 42.2%
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 6.3%
I am concerned for other reasons 0%
Don't know 14.1%
I don't think there will be any problem 49%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 36.7%
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 6.1%
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 28.3%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 15%
I am concerned for other reasons 0%
Don't know 8.3%
I don't think there will be any problem 41.1%
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 7.1%
I am concerned for other reasons 0%
Don't know 14.3%
I don't think there will be any problem 36.2%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 34.5%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 19%
I am concerned for other reasons 0%
Don't know 10.3%
I don't think there will be any problem 53%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 37.9%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 6.1%
I am concerned for other reasons 0%
Don't know 3%
I don't think there will be any problem 41.5%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 32.1%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 11.3%
I am concerned for other reasons 0%
Don't know 15.1%
I don't think there will be any problem 40.9%
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 15.9%
I am concerned for other reasons 0%
Don't know 9.1%
I don't think there will be any problem 30.9%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 46.9%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 12.3%
I am concerned for other reasons 0%
Don't know 9.9%
I don't think there will be any problem 37.5%
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 14.1%
I am concerned for other reasons 0%
Don't know 10.9%
I don't think there will be any problem 44.9%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 31.9%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 10.1%
I am concerned for other reasons 0%
Don't know 13%
I don't think there will be any problem 58.8%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 35.3%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 5.9%
Don't know 0%
I don't think there will be any problem 53.8%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 30.8%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 7.7%
I am concerned for other reasons 7.7%
Don't know 0%
I don't think there will be any problem 53.6%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 25%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 17.9%
Don't know 3.6%
I don't think there will be any problem 55%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 40%
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 52.4%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 33.3%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 14.3%
Don't know 0%
I don't think there will be any problem 44%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 44%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 12%
Don't know 0%
I don't think there will be any problem 50%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 40.9%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 4.5%
Don't know 4.5%

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 40.6%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 21.9%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 37.5%
Other 0%
Don't know 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 14.3%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 42.9%
Other 0%
Don't know 0%
Yes, we have invested in training but we still lack the skills we need 45%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 18.3%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 36.7%
Other 0%
Don't know 0%
Yes, we have invested in training but we still lack the skills we need 28.6%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 37.5%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 33.9%
Other 0%
Don't know 0%
Yes, we have invested in training but we still lack the skills we need 25.9%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 32.8%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 41.4%
Other 0%
Don't know 0%
Yes, we have invested in training but we still lack the skills we need 31.8%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 34.8%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 33.3%
Other 0%
Don't know 0%
Yes, we have invested in training but we still lack the skills we need 41.5%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 28.3%
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 36.4%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 20.5%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 43.2%
Other 0%
Don't know 0%
Yes, we have invested in training but we still lack the skills we need 45.7%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 28.4%
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 34.4%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 28.1%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 37.5%
Other 0%
Don't know 0%
Yes, we have invested in training but we still lack the skills we need 39.1%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 24.6%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 36.2%
Other 0%
Don't know 0%
Yes, we have invested in training but we still lack the skills we need 47.1%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 41.2%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 5.9%
Other 5.9%
Yes, we have invested in training but we still lack the skills we need 45%
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%
Don't know 5%
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 50%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 7.1%
Other 0%
Yes, we have invested in training but we still lack the skills we need 23.1%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 53.8%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 23.1%
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 28.6%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 21.4%
Other (please specify) 0%
Yes, we have invested in training but we still lack the skills we need 44.4%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 22.2%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 33.3%
Other (please specify) 0%
Yes, we have invested in training but we still lack the skills we need 41.7%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 50%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 0%
Other (please specify) 8.3%
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