Nearly Half of UK Business Suffering Skills Shortage


Nearly half (45 per cent) of UK businesses have productivity issues due to an “extensive” shortage of IT talent according to research by IT skills and training body CompTIA.

The International Technology Adoption and Workforce Trends Study surveyed more than 1,500 IT executives and found that 44 per cent of executives worry staff productivity is being negatively affected by digital skills gaps. Almost a third (30 per cent) of respondents said that insufficient skills are impacting on customer services, more than a quarter (27 per cent) said IT skills gaps are slowing speed to market and 26 per cent reported they are impeding innovation and new ideas.

Circle Managing Director Steve Ricketts was not surprised by the survey. "It is a candidate driven marketplace at present, and companies should be reviewing their recruitment suppliers to ensure they are positioned well to supply demand. Jobserve have confirmed that Circle spend more per head, than any agency in the UK when it comes to candidate attraction. Considering that all of our Jobserve advertisements are also placed on CWJobs, Reed, Jobsite and umpteen other job boards, we are in an excellent position to assist any company suffering candidate skills shortages".

In order to fill these skill gaps, 28 per cent of IT executives said that they plan to hire more IT staff this coming year, up from 14 per cent in 2014. If you want to speak to us about our candidate attraction methods, please contact us for a no-obligation chat.

Post by Jennifer Jackson May 18 2015 Categories: News, Recruitment, Technology