Recruitment problems affected most employers in 2003

Recruitment
difficulties hit more than four in five organisations (85 per cent) across the
UK in the past year, according to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and
Development (CIPD).

Its
survey of 976 employers, called Recruitment, retention and turnover 2004, shows
a lack of specialist skills (69 per cent) and experience (66 per cent) are the
two factors most commonly reported as reasons for these  difficulties in the UK. 

In
response, organisations are increasingly employing people without all the necessary
skills or experience, but who they judge to have the capacity to grow into the
role.  This is the most popular
initiative taken in response to recruitment difficulties, adopted by 43 per
cent of the employers surveyed.

Despite
this increasing willingness to seek out potential and invest in development,
another consequence of the tight labour market is the growing difficulty
organisations have in retaining the talent they attract and develop. 

More
than three-quarters (77 per cent) of UK respondents experienced difficulties
retaining staff in the past year, up from 72 per cent in the 2003 survey.

By Quentin Reade

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