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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 26.7%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 43.3%
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 23.3%
I don't think there will be any problem 64.5%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 9.7%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 3.2%
I am concerned for other reasons 0%
Don't know 22.6%
I don't think there will be any problem 53.3%
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 6.7%
I am concerned for other reasons 0%
Don't know 30%
I don't think there will be any problem 54.2%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 8.3%
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 29.2%
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 21.4%
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 21.4%
I don't think there will be any problem 58.1%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 22.6%
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 19.4%
I don't think there will be any problem 45.8%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 20.8%
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 44.8%
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 3.4%
I am concerned for other reasons 0%
Don't know 13.8%
I don't think there will be any problem 70%
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 10%
I am concerned for other reasons 0%
Don't know 0%
I don't think there will be any problem 63%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 14.8%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 3.7%
I am concerned for other reasons 0%
Don't know 18.5%
I don't think there will be any problem 37.5%
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 25%
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 16.7%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 0%
Don't know 16.7%
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 50%
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 0%
I don't think there will be any problem 14.3%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 57.1%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 28.6%
Don't know 0%
I don't think there will be any problem 56.5%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 39.1%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 4.3%
Don't know 0%
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 41.5%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 7.3%
Don't know 2.4%
I don't think there will be any problem 44%
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 16%
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 23.3%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 26.7%
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 6.5%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 6.5%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 87.1%
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 13.3%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 76.7%
Other 0%
Don't know 0%
Yes, we have invested in training but we still lack the skills we need 8.3%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 8.3%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 83.3%
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 28.6%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 64.3%
Other 0%
Don't know 0%
Yes, we have invested in training but we still lack the skills we need 16.1%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 22.6%
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 12.5%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 25%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 62.5%
Other 0%
Don't know 0%
Yes, we have invested in training but we still lack the skills we need 24.1%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 24.1%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 51.7%
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 30%
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 22.2%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 25.9%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 51.9%
Other 0%
Don't know 0%
Yes, we have invested in training but we still lack the skills we need 6.3%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 12.5%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 81.3%
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 50%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 50%
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 0%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 100%
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 66.7%
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 60%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 40%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 0%
Other (please specify) 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 35.7%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 25%
Other (please specify) 10.7%
Yes, we have invested in training but we still lack the skills we need 58.1%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 32.3%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 6.5%
Other (please specify) 3.2%
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 16.7%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 16.7%
Other (please specify) 0%
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