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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 75%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 12.5%
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 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 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%
I am concerned for other reasons 0%
Don't know 0%
I don't think there will be any problem 16.7%
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 16.7%
I am concerned for other reasons 0%
Don't know 33.3%
I don't think there will be any problem 50%
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 50%
I don't think there will be any problem 40%
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 20%
I don't think there will be any problem 42.9%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 42.9%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 14.3%
I am concerned for other reasons 0%
Don't know 0%
I don't think there will be any problem 80%
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 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 0%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 50%
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 0%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 33.3%
I am concerned for other reasons 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%
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 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%
I am concerned for other reasons 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 50%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 43.8%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 0%
Don't know 6.3%
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 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 0%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 25%
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 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 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%
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%
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 25%
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 40%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 60%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 0%
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 42.9%
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 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 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 33.3%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 33.3%
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 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 16.7%
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 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 41.7%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 41.7%
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 71.4%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 28.6%
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 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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