Skilled staff tough to find as positions left unfilled

SKILLED labour is increasingly difficult to find, a survey of British employers revealed yesterday.

One in six employers indicated problems with filling positions, recruitment firm Manpower UK found, up from one in 12 employers reporting the same issue last year.

“Many organisations that have previously cut their headcounts are now finding that they need to increase their workforce in an increasingly talent-hungry market,” said Manpower director Mark Cahill.

“Britain is facing a serious talent shortage in certain sectors.”

Engineering is the industry with the greatest talent shortage, the survey found. Accounting and finance, ranked number one for talent shortages last year, in fact dropped to ninth place this year.

Only 12 per cent of UK companies provide additional training to staff in order to fill vacancies, compared to 21 per cent internationally.