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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 39%
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 10.5%
I am concerned for other reasons 0%
Don't know 18.6%
I don't think there will be any problem 53.7%
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 6.3%
I am concerned for other reasons 0%
Don't know 16.9%
I don't think there will be any problem 51.9%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 22.8%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 6%
I am concerned for other reasons 0%
Don't know 19.3%
I don't think there will be any problem 48.8%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 20.7%
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 25.4%
I don't think there will be any problem 52.7%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 23.5%
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 18.8%
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 27.7%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 7.4%
I am concerned for other reasons 0%
Don't know 12.5%
I don't think there will be any problem 43.5%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 36.9%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 5.2%
I am concerned for other reasons 0%
Don't know 14.4%
I don't think there will be any problem 50.3%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 32%
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 10.9%
I don't think there will be any problem 59%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 22%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 8%
I am concerned for other reasons 0%
Don't know 11%
I don't think there will be any problem 49.8%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 26.8%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 9.1%
I am concerned for other reasons 0%
Don't know 14.3%
I don't think there will be any problem 49.8%
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 6.9%
I am concerned for other reasons 0%
Don't know 12.4%
I don't think there will be any problem 47.3%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 41.8%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 7.7%
Don't know 3.3%
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 26.9%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 23.1%
I am concerned for other reasons 3.8%
Don't know 0%
I don't think there will be any problem 53%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 33.7%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 10.8%
Don't know 2.4%
I don't think there will be any problem 39%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 51.2%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 8.5%
Don't know 1.2%
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 19.7%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 29.2%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 51.2%
Other 0%
Don't know 0%
Yes, we have invested in training but we still lack the skills we need 13.7%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 25.9%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 60.4%
Other 0%
Don't know 0%
Yes, we have invested in training but we still lack the skills we need 17.5%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 27%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 55.4%
Other 0%
Don't know 0%
Yes, we have invested in training but we still lack the skills we need 21.5%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 21.1%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 57.4%
Other 0%
Don't know 0%
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 23.5%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 60.1%
Other 0%
Don't know 0%
Yes, we have invested in training but we still lack the skills we need 24.3%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 26.7%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 49%
Other 0%
Don't know 0%
Yes, we have invested in training but we still lack the skills we need 27.1%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 31.7%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 41.2%
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 27.6%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 46.6%
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 24%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 51%
Other 0%
Don't know 0%
Yes, we have invested in training but we still lack the skills we need 22.6%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 27.9%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 49.5%
Other 0%
Don't know 0%
Yes, we have invested in training but we still lack the skills we need 18%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 32.3%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 49.8%
Other 0%
Don't know 0%
Yes, we have invested in training but we still lack the skills we need 41%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 40%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 18%
Other 1%
Yes, we have invested in training but we still lack the skills we need 27.5%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 32.5%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 27.5%
Other 0%
Don't know 12.5%
Yes, we have invested in training but we still lack the skills we need 35.8%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 46.9%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 17.3%
Other 0%
Yes, we have invested in training but we still lack the skills we need 34.5%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 35.7%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 26.2%
Other (please specify) 3.6%
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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