In the first of our articles for Personnel Today drawing upon our recent resourcing and talent planning survey with Hays, we explored what organisations were doing to strengthen their employer brands and become employers of choice.
Now it is time to take a look at the number and depth of recruitment difficulties being experienced by organisations and the strategies that they are adopting to overcome these. In a future article, we will focus in on what organisations can do to develop and upskill existing employees.
Depth of difficulty
Recruitment difficulties remain substantial for organisations, with three-quarters experiencing them in the last year. Such difficulties are consistently high across sectors.
When it comes to the depth of challenge this seems to be substantial, with one-tenth of organisations experiencing difficulties recruiting for more than 50% of their vacancies.
Professionals/specialists (64%) are the roles that have been the most difficult to recruit for over the last year. Technical positions (40%) and senior managers or directors (30%) follow closely behind.
Reasons given for these difficulties include: a lack of specialist or technical skills; candidates looking for more pay than could be offered; and a lack of relevant sector/industry experience.
Public-sector organisations are particularly likely to report difficulties filling professional/ specialist positions, while manufacturing-and-pr