Three times more firms report stiff competition for top jobs

HIGHLY qualified employees are facing a harder fight for positions, according to a survey of firms, with a threefold rise in companies reporting a growing number of applications for skilled jobs.

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and Hays, a recruitment services group, posed the questions to employers – 62 per cent reported more applications for their high-skilled and management vacancies, up from 20 per cent four years ago.

The research also found that the rate of turnover in employment generally has declined, as more people opt to stay in their existing jobs rather than struggling with a more difficult market.

The report surveyed 462 respondents from the public, private and non-profit sectors.

Although unemployment remains higher than in previous years, businesses reported fewer applicants being a running problem in filling some positions.

Hays’ human resources director, Barney Ely, said: “Workers are still being cautious when considering a new role so employers are facing a competitive market when trying to attract people to fill skills gaps”.