Retaining staff tops HR agenda for 2007, Manpower survey reveals

Staff retention is the top HR priority for UK employers in 2007, research published today has revealed. 

Adapting to legislation and dealing with absence management are also significant issues for UK businesses – in particular for medium-sized and large organisations.

The study of more than 1,700 UK employers, by recruitment firm Manpower, revealed that 72% of businesses believe that holding on to staff will be an HR priority for the year. This concern is shared by all businesses and organisations, irrespective of size.

Mark Cahill, managing director at Manpower UK, said: “The range of HR priorities and concerns facing employers emphasises the challenges of running a business – and in particular of managing the most important asset an organisation has, its people. 

“Holding on to the best people is very much an issue for employers this year. And in a tight labour market, it has never been more important for employers to pay close attention to their retention policies.”

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