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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 45.5%
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 45.5%
I don't think there will be any problem 36.4%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 18.2%
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 36.4%
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 53.8%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 7.7%
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 38.5%
I don't think there will be any problem 50%
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 28.6%
I don't think there will be any problem 35.3%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 11.8%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 11.8%
I am concerned for other reasons 0%
Don't know 41.2%
I don't think there will be any problem 64.3%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 28.6%
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 7.1%
I don't think there will be any problem 50%
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 12.5%
I don't think there will be any problem 87.5%
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 12.5%
I am concerned for other reasons 0%
Don't know 0%
I don't think there will be any problem 38.9%
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%
I am concerned for other reasons 0%
Don't know 44.4%
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 23.1%
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 23.1%
I don't think there will be any problem 50%
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 25%
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%
I am concerned for other reasons 0%
Don't know 0%
I don't think there will be any problem 75%
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%
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 30.8%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 61.5%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 7.7%
Don't know 0%
I don't think there will be any problem 35%
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 15%
Don't know 0%
I don't think there will be any problem 35%
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 10%
Don't know 5%

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 36.4%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 9.1%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 54.5%
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 27.3%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 72.7%
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 10%
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 0%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 23.1%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 76.9%
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 14.3%
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 11.8%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 23.5%
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 7.1%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 35.7%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 57.1%
Other 0%
Don't know 0%
Yes, we have invested in training but we still lack the skills we need 18.8%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 31.3%
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 12.5%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 12.5%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 75%
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 15.4%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 30.8%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 53.8%
Other 0%
Don't know 0%
Yes, we have invested in training but we still lack the skills we need 62.5%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 25%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 12.5%
Other 0%
Yes, we have invested in training but we still lack the skills we need 100%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 0%
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 100%
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 45.5%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 45.5%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 9.1%
Other (please specify) 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 40.9%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 9.1%
Other (please specify) 0%
Yes, we have invested in training but we still lack the skills we need 85.7%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 0%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 14.3%
Other (please specify) 0%
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