Last updated: 21.05.11

Skills shortages remain for certain areas of employment

There continue to be skills shortages in industries across the UK despite the impact of high unemployment, it has been revealed.

Charles Logan, director of the UK arm of Hays, said companies need to be aware of what are the factors which drive workers to leave their jobs or to train in certain fields - something that those with qualifications in electrical courses may be happy to learn.

He commented: "HR and recruitment professionals must be prepared to take a strategic approach to long-term talent supply in order to gain an edge in an increasingly competitive and global skills market."

According to ManpowerGroup's Talent Shortage Survey, 90 per cent of employers cite candidate-specific factors behind the challenge of filling mission-critical roles - including a lack of necessary skills and experience, insufficient qualifications, or a lack of soft skills.

It also showed that one in three employers globally report experiencing difficulty filling jobs due to lack of available talent, the highest percentage since before the recession in 2007.