Employers are finding it hard to find staff with the right skills, with shortages most prevalent in sales, admin, engineering and manual trades.
A survey of over 1800 employers by Manpower revealed that despite a slight improvement in being able to fill job roles, managers and executives are finding it harder than last year to find skilled staff – with talented workers such as electricians, carpenters, plumbers and masons high on the wish list, along with administrative assistants, PAs, engineers and sales representatives.
Mark Cahill, managing director of Manpower UK, said employers need to be flexible in their approach to recruitment and think about using temporary staff to fill short-term gaps, especially older workers, mothers retuning to work or employees from outside the UK.
“In a tightening labour market, it is also important that employers think about holding onto staff – the benefits, career progression and training opportunities available are all important factors employers need to think about as part of their retention strategy,” he added.
“Our research earlier this year showed that staff retention was a key priority for all businesses and organisations. Good people are in demand and it’s very much a candidate’s market.”