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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 41.7%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 25%
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 33.3%
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 23.1%
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 23.1%
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 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 35.3%
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 25%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 8.3%
I am concerned for other reasons 0%
Don't know 25%
I don't think there will be any problem 71.4%
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 0%
I am concerned for other reasons 0%
Don't know 14.3%
I don't think there will be any problem 71.4%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 7.1%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 7.1%
I am concerned for other reasons 0%
Don't know 14.3%
I don't think there will be any problem 81.8%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 9.1%
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 9.1%
I don't think there will be any problem 70%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 10%
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 20%
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 37.5%
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 44.4%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 22.2%
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 22.2%
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 0%
I am concerned for other reasons 0%
Don't know 20%
I don't think there will be any problem 25%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 50%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 0%
Don't know 25%
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%
I am concerned for other reasons 0%
Don't know 0%
I don't think there will be any problem 66.7%
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 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 50%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 38.9%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 8.3%
Don't know 2.8%
I don't think there will be any problem 31.7%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 53.7%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 9.8%
Don't know 4.9%
I don't think there will be any problem 59.2%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 34.7%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 6.1%
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 16.7%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 16.7%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 66.7%
Other 0%
Don't know 0%
Yes, we have invested in training but we still lack the skills we need 23.1%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 7.7%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 69.2%
Other 0%
Don't know 0%
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 17.6%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 70.6%
Other 0%
Don't know 0%
Yes, we have invested in training but we still lack the skills we need 16.7%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 25%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 58.3%
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 0%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 85.7%
Other 0%
Don't know 0%
Yes, we have invested in training but we still lack the skills we need 7.1%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 21.4%
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 18.2%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 18.2%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 63.6%
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 20%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 60%
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 25%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 25%
Other 0%
Don't know 0%
Yes, we have invested in training but we still lack the skills we need 22.2%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 11.1%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 66.7%
Other 0%
Don't know 0%
Yes, we have invested in training but we still lack the skills we need 40%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 0%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 60%
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 0%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 66.7%
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 0%
Don't know 50%
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 0%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 33.3%
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 50%
Other (please specify) 0%
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 32.1%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 3.6%
Other (please specify) 0%
Yes, we have invested in training but we still lack the skills we need 58.3%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 25%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 16.7%
Other (please specify) 0%
Yes, we have invested in training but we still lack the skills we need 78.9%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 13.2%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 7.9%
Other (please specify) 0%
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