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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 47.1%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 17.6%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 5.9%
I am concerned for other reasons 0%
Don't know 29.4%
I don't think there will be any problem 55%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 0%
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 45%
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 0%
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 41.2%
I don't think there will be any problem 45%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 15%
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 40%
I don't think there will be any problem 68.2%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 0%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 4.5%
I am concerned for other reasons 0%
Don't know 27.3%
I don't think there will be any problem 63.2%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 5.3%
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 26.3%
I don't think there will be any problem 60%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 15%
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 25%
I don't think there will be any problem 80%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 13.3%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 6.7%
I am concerned for other reasons 0%
Don't know 0%
I don't think there will be any problem 85.7%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 0%
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 14.3%
I don't think there will be any problem 60%
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 20%
I am concerned for other reasons 0%
Don't know 0%
I don't think there will be any problem 57.1%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 14.3%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 28.6%
I am concerned for other reasons 0%
Don't know 0%
I don't think there will be any problem 25%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 75%
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 0%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 100%
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 100%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 0%
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 11.8%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 29.4%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 58.8%
Other 0%
Don't know 0%
Yes, we have invested in training but we still lack the skills we need 0%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 10%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 90%
Other 0%
Don't know 0%
Yes, we have invested in training but we still lack the skills we need 0%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 17.6%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 82.4%
Other 0%
Don't know 0%
Yes, we have invested in training but we still lack the skills we need 0%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 20%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 80%
Other 0%
Don't know 0%
Yes, we have invested in training but we still lack the skills we need 9.1%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 9.1%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 81.8%
Other 0%
Don't know 0%
Yes, we have invested in training but we still lack the skills we need 0%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 15.8%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 84.2%
Other 0%
Don't know 0%
Yes, we have invested in training but we still lack the skills we need 20%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 0%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 80%
Other 0%
Don't know 0%
Yes, we have invested in training but we still lack the skills we need 6.7%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 20%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 73.3%
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 0%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 71.4%
Other 0%
Don't know 0%
Yes, we have invested in training but we still lack the skills we need 10%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 20%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 70%
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 66.7%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 33.3%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 0%
Other 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 0%
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 33.3%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 66.7%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 0%
Other 0%
Yes, we have invested in training but we still lack the skills we need 0%
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) 50%
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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