Survey Finds UK Business Growth in Jeopardy Due to Lack of Critical Skills

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13th January 2012 18:26 - Business Support

According to market research by recruitment company Taleo, which surveyed 500 HR decision makers in large UK companies, most employers in the UK are failing to identify and fill the job roles essential to expanding their business.

In total, more than nine out of 10 (94%) of the companies who took part in the study felt there were roles within their organisations without which their business could not grow. However the importance of these positions means that the necessary skills are scarce and in high demand, so these vacancies are often very hard to fill.

Taleo's Critical Talent Pipelines study found that the most critical roles aside from HR are finance and legal professionals at 62%, customer services at 58% and technical/IT professionals at 58%.

Vice president of Taleo Research, Dave Wilkins, commented: "Companies are at a critical talent crossroads, where they are aware of the importance of planning for the future but held back from fully implementing a 'critical talent pipeline' approach because of data and systems shortcomings. Companies are increasingly aware of the need to manage critical talent more effectively, but a gap still remains when it comes to identifying critical roles and matching the right individuals to these."

He added: "In previous years, employers may have sought to bring talent in from outside to fill critical skills gaps and ensure business continuity. As we go into 2012, very few businesses expect their workforce to increase and so must rely more heavily on developing their current workforce for critical roles.”

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