Robert Half: 49% of UK companies struggle to find skilled workers

- Leadership - Jun 13, 2018

A new study by global recruitment giant Robert Half has revealed the extent to which companies in the UK struggle to find appropriately skilled employees.

Almost half of companies (49%) are struggling to find staff with the right skills for the job. As a result, one fifth (21%) are now looking to recruit candidates with exceptional soft skills, with a view to developing the desired technical skills on the job.

Robert Half surveyed 500 senior decision makers in UK businesses, part of a wider international study on hiring trends in the era of the modern workplace.

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Matt Weston, UK Managing Director at Robert Half, commented: “Digitisation and automation are rapidly evolving the business world. Companies are having to quickly adapt to the changing world of work, and are looking for employees who can keep pace.

“It’s no longer enough to simply execute on the day-to-day tasks. Being adaptable, collaborative and open to innovation and change are vital employee characteristics for modern organisations. As the skills shortage continues to tighten, businesses looking to tap into a wider talent pool need to consider the long-term value a candidate’s attitude and soft skills can bring to a role.”

The research also revealed what UK bosses are looking for in new recruits.

An openness to new ideas (28%), an openness to change (26%) and good communication abilities (19%) were identified as key attributes which leaders will prioritise when considering new talent.

Weston added: “For candidates this means it’s simply not enough to have qualifications listed on your CV. You must demonstrate these softer skills on paper and in a job interview if you want to get the role that will help you achieve your long-term career success.”

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