Poor practice in HR to blame for skills shortages

Poor internal HR practices are to blame for a dramatic increase in staff
skills shortages, according to a Learning and Skills Council report.

The study concludes that a lack of training and HR development is a major
factor in the rise in the proportion of firms reporting skills shortages from
16 per cent in 2001 to 23 per cent.

Large employers are the most affected with a third of companies employing
more than 500 staff reporting skills shortages.

Three out of 10 firms from the wholesale, retail and hospitality sectors
report skills gaps followed by a fifth of manufacturing organisations.

The Skills in England 2002 research claims that HR practices are inflexible
and employers have been slow to embrace work-life balance.

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