Jobs survey shows skills shortage still a major issue

More than four in 10 employers have increased salaries in an effort to attract candidates, according to the latest JobsOutlook survey from the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC).

The survey of 600 employers, released this morning, also revealed that 80% of employers re-advertised a role after the initial job advert failed, while almost a quarter (24%) resorted to lowering the role requirements.

The survey also showed that the skills shortages continue to be a major concern among employers, with nearly half (49%) anticipating shortage of candidates for permanent roles over the next three months.

Meanwhile, more than a third (34%) of employers claim they have no spare capacity and would need to take on new staff if demand increased, while a further 46% have just “a little” capacity and might recruit if their workload grew.

The survey also reveals:

  • One fifth (22%) of employers plan to increase permanent headcount in the short term (the next three months) and medium term (the next four to 12 months).
  • Construction, engineering/technical and health/social care are the three sectors where employers most expect a shortage of candidates for permanent roles.
  • Close to one fifth (19%) of employers plan to increase temporary agency headcount in the medium term, and 12% plan to do so in the short term. Engineering/technical, hospitality and drivers are the top three sectors in which employers expect a shortage of suitable temporary agency workers.

• What are your views on this issue? Email us at recruiter.editorial@redactive.co.uk or tweet us below to tell us your thoughts. We will run comments online in a round-up at the end of the week.

Email story to a friend

Twitter Twitter

Up to 800m jobs could be lost to automation, says McKinsey

Up to 800m workers worldwide could lose their jobs as a result of automation by 2030, according to research by consultants McKinsey.

30 November 2017

More acquisitions on the way for Jarell Group as it builds up to flotation

Jarell Group’s acquisition of specialist social care recruiter Aurora Resourcing is just the first of many more as it builds up to a flotation in 2020, the group’s commercial director has told Recruiter.

Contracts 23 November 2017

FINANCIALS: Impellam expects earnings to be down

Impellam Group says it expects full-year earnings to be slightly below expectations, according to a trading update.

Financials 16 November 2017

Confidence falls for third month in a row says JobsOutlook survey

Confidence in the UK economy has fallen for the third consecutive month, according to the latest ‘JobsOutlook’ survey by the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC).

25 October 2017
Top