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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 33.3%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 37%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 14.8%
I am concerned for other reasons 0%
Don't know 14.8%
I don't think there will be any problem 34.5%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 29.1%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 12.7%
I am concerned for other reasons 0%
Don't know 23.6%
I don't think there will be any problem 52.1%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 16.7%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 10.4%
I am concerned for other reasons 0%
Don't know 20.8%
I don't think there will be any problem 45.6%
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 5.3%
I am concerned for other reasons 0%
Don't know 15.8%
I don't think there will be any problem 65.6%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 16.4%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 6.6%
I am concerned for other reasons 0%
Don't know 11.5%
I don't think there will be any problem 41.7%
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 16.7%
I am concerned for other reasons 0%
Don't know 13.3%
I don't think there will be any problem 41%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 38.6%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 10.8%
I am concerned for other reasons 0%
Don't know 9.6%
I don't think there will be any problem 39.5%
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 11.8%
I am concerned for other reasons 0%
Don't know 9.2%
I don't think there will be any problem 52%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 25.3%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 12%
I am concerned for other reasons 0%
Don't know 10.7%
I don't think there will be any problem 48.6%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 29.7%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 13.5%
I am concerned for other reasons 0%
Don't know 8.1%
I don't think there will be any problem 34.4%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 41%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 18%
I am concerned for other reasons 0%
Don't know 6.6%
I don't think there will be any problem 41.2%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 52.9%
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 62.5%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 6.3%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 18.8%
I am concerned for other reasons 6.3%
Don't know 6.3%
I don't think there will be any problem 43.8%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 31.3%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 12.5%
Don't know 12.5%
I don't think there will be any problem 46.2%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 53.8%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 0%
Don't know 0%
I don't think there will be any problem 71.1%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 23.7%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 5.3%
Don't know 0%
I don't think there will be any problem 51.7%
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 10.3%
Don't know 0%
I don't think there will be any problem 23.8%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 61.9%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 14.3%
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 38.9%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 27.8%
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 38.2%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 16.4%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 45.5%
Other 0%
Don't know 0%
Yes, we have invested in training but we still lack the skills we need 31.3%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 27.1%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 41.7%
Other 0%
Don't know 0%
Yes, we have invested in training but we still lack the skills we need 28.1%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 28.1%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 43.9%
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 19.7%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 50.8%
Other 0%
Don't know 0%
Yes, we have invested in training but we still lack the skills we need 23.3%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 25%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 51.7%
Other 0%
Don't know 0%
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 27.7%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 33.7%
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 30.3%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 36.8%
Other 0%
Don't know 0%
Yes, we have invested in training but we still lack the skills we need 34.7%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 28%
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 41.9%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 24.3%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 33.8%
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 32.8%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 32.8%
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 35.7%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 14.3%
Other 0%
Yes, we have invested in training but we still lack the skills we need 38.9%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 16.7%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 22.2%
Other 0%
Don't know 22.2%
Yes, we have invested in training but we still lack the skills we need 38.9%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 38.9%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 16.7%
Other 5.6%
Yes, we have invested in training but we still lack the skills we need 64.3%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 21.4%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 0%
Other (please specify) 14.3%
Yes, we have invested in training but we still lack the skills we need 75%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 17.5%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 7.5%
Other (please specify) 0%
Yes, we have invested in training but we still lack the skills we need 46.7%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 23.3%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 30%
Other (please specify) 0%
Yes, we have invested in training but we still lack the skills we need 42.1%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 42.1%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 15.8%
Other (please specify) 0%
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