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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 40.5%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 32.4%
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 16.2%
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 28.6%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 10.7%
I am concerned for other reasons 0%
Don't know 7.1%
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 32.3%
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 6.5%
I don't think there will be any problem 40.6%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 34.4%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 15.6%
I am concerned for other reasons 0%
Don't know 9.4%
I don't think there will be any problem 53.1%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 28.1%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 0%
I am concerned for other reasons 0%
Don't know 18.8%
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 45.5%
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 50%
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 16.7%
I am concerned for other reasons 0%
Don't know 0%
I don't think there will be any problem 51.2%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 31.7%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 7.3%
I am concerned for other reasons 0%
Don't know 9.8%
I don't think there will be any problem 42.5%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 42.5%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 5%
I am concerned for other reasons 0%
Don't know 10%
I don't think there will be any problem 42.9%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 25.7%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 14.3%
I am concerned for other reasons 0%
Don't know 17.1%
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 42.2%
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 4.4%
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 38.5%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 7.7%
Don't know 0%
I don't think there will be any problem 16.7%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 66.7%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 8.3%
I am concerned for other reasons 8.3%
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 33.3%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 16.7%
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 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 54.5%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 36.4%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 0%
Don't know 9.1%
I don't think there will be any problem 61.5%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 23.1%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 15.4%
Don't know 0%
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 51.4%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 24.3%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 24.3%
Other 0%
Don't know 0%
Yes, we have invested in training but we still lack the skills we need 14.3%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 35.7%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 50%
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 22.6%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 35.5%
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 31.3%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 31.3%
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 18.8%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 56.3%
Other 0%
Don't know 0%
Yes, we have invested in training but we still lack the skills we need 42.4%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 24.2%
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 100%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 0%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 0%
Other 0%
Don't know 0%
Yes, we have invested in training but we still lack the skills we need 48.8%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 22%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 29.3%
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 20%
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 28.6%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 28.6%
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 35.6%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 40%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 24.4%
Other 0%
Don't know 0%
Yes, we have invested in training but we still lack the skills we need 57.1%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 35.7%
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 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 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 50%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 25%
Other 0%
Yes, we have invested in training but we still lack the skills we need 41.2%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 23.5%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 35.3%
Other (please specify) 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 43.8%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 25%
Other (please specify) 0%
Yes, we have invested in training but we still lack the skills we need 35.7%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 42.9%
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 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%
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