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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 44.8%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 20.9%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 8.5%
I am concerned for other reasons 0%
Don't know 25.9%
I don't think there will be any problem 57.3%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 15.1%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 4.9%
I am concerned for other reasons 0%
Don't know 22.7%
I don't think there will be any problem 59.3%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 12.7%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 3.4%
I am concerned for other reasons 0%
Don't know 24.5%
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 11.4%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 3.3%
I am concerned for other reasons 0%
Don't know 31.5%
I don't think there will be any problem 58.2%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 14.4%
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 23.4%
I don't think there will be any problem 57.2%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 16.5%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 7.7%
I am concerned for other reasons 0%
Don't know 18.6%
I don't think there will be any problem 54.7%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 20%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 2.4%
I am concerned for other reasons 0%
Don't know 22.9%
I don't think there will be any problem 60.2%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 21.5%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 3.9%
I am concerned for other reasons 0%
Don't know 14.4%
I don't think there will be any problem 66.2%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 13.5%
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 13.5%
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 17.9%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 6.5%
I am concerned for other reasons 0%
Don't know 21.7%
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 21.3%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 5.1%
I am concerned for other reasons 0%
Don't know 18.4%
I don't think there will be any problem 46.3%
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 7.4%
Don't know 5.6%
I don't think there will be any problem 60%
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 0%
I am concerned for other reasons 0%
Don't know 0%
I don't think there will be any problem 62.2%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 20%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 13.3%
Don't know 4.4%
I don't think there will be any problem 36.7%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 51%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 10.2%
Don't know 2%
I don't think there will be any problem 50.2%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 40.6%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 6.5%
Don't know 2.7%
I don't think there will be any problem 45%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 40.5%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 12%
Don't know 2.6%
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 16.4%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 18.9%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 64.7%
Other 0%
Don't know 0%
Yes, we have invested in training but we still lack the skills we need 8.1%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 19.5%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 72.4%
Other 0%
Don't know 0%
Yes, we have invested in training but we still lack the skills we need 10.8%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 20.1%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 69.1%
Other 0%
Don't know 0%
Yes, we have invested in training but we still lack the skills we need 12%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 18.5%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 69.6%
Other 0%
Don't know 0%
Yes, we have invested in training but we still lack the skills we need 9%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 17.9%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 73.1%
Other 0%
Don't know 0%
Yes, we have invested in training but we still lack the skills we need 15.5%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 22.2%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 62.4%
Other 0%
Don't know 0%
Yes, we have invested in training but we still lack the skills we need 17.6%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 21.2%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 61.2%
Other 0%
Don't know 0%
Yes, we have invested in training but we still lack the skills we need 17.7%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 21%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 61.3%
Other 0%
Don't know 0%
Yes, we have invested in training but we still lack the skills we need 18.9%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 20.3%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 60.8%
Other 0%
Don't know 0%
Yes, we have invested in training but we still lack the skills we need 16.3%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 17.9%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 65.8%
Other 0%
Don't know 0%
Yes, we have invested in training but we still lack the skills we need 14.7%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 21.3%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 64%
Other 0%
Don't know 0%
Yes, we have invested in training but we still lack the skills we need 41.4%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 31.4%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 25.7%
Other 1.4%
Yes, we have invested in training but we still lack the skills we need 13.6%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 27.3%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 40.9%
Other 0%
Don't know 18.2%
Yes, we have invested in training but we still lack the skills we need 27.3%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 45.5%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 27.3%
Other 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 37.9%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 31%
Other (please specify) 5.2%
Yes, we have invested in training but we still lack the skills we need 51.7%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 31.7%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 15.1%
Other (please specify) 1.5%
Yes, we have invested in training but we still lack the skills we need 49.5%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 32.5%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 17.3%
Other (please specify) 0.7%
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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