Two-thirds of firms unprepared for employee supply shortage

Ollie Gordon
UK employers are finding it increasingly difficult to find employees for white-collar roles
THE MAJORITY of UK employers are not equipped with a plan for hiring white-collar staff in talent-short markets, despite the increasingly competitive hiring landscape.

In a report seen by City A.M., specialist recruiter Robert Walters has polled over 200 employers on their strategies for hiring professionals in a low-supply market. Of the respondents, 72 per cent cited “talent shortages” as the biggest recruitment challenge they face. Yet, 27 per cent of respondents admitted to not having formulated a plan for hiring in a talent-short market, with another 36 per cent saying they had no intention of doing so.

Robert Walters director Peter Milne said: “Thanks to an improving economic climate, the ‘dash for talent’ is creating a real headache for employers. In some areas, there is a perception that there are simply not enough qualified candidates to go round.”

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