Skills shortages caused by surge in recruitment

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Skills shortages caused by surge in recruitmentOn 20 Apr 2004 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Pay pressures and skills shortages are on the rise, caused by an upsurge inrecruitment activity, according to a new report. The latest monthly Report on Jobs from the Recruitment & EmploymentConfederation (REC) and consultants Deloitte, reveals that the ongoing recoveryin business confidence has resulted in a sharp expansion of demand for staff. Recruitment consultancies reported a marked growth in demand for allcategories of employees in March – both for permanent and temporary positions –compared with the previous month. But the overall availability of candidatesdeteriorated significantly over the same period. For companies seeking to fill permanent positions, skills shortages weremost pronounced for executive/professional staff. Hotel and catering vacancieswere proving hardest to fill for employers seeking temporary or contractemployees. Average salary rates paid to both permanent staff and temporary/ contractstaff sourced from recruitment consultancies showed marked growth, as a directconsequence of rising demand. Some 19.6 per cent of respondents said that average salaries paid topermanent staff were up on the previous month, while 16.5 per cent ofrespondents said that salaries had risen for temporary employees. REC managing director Gareth Osborne said: “Skills gaps are continuingto open up and the rate is increasing, proving the importance of having a goodpool of labour for companies to choose from.” www.rec.uk.com last_img