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Thursday February 4 2016

Businesses must tackle the sticky issue of skills gaps in order to grow


Businesses are looking to grow their teams, with 83% of employers planning to increase permanent headcount levels in Q1 2016



Businesses must tackle the sticky issue of skills gaps in order to grow

Resourcing issues are high on business agendas as 2016 signals continued growth and economic buoyancy. The latest report from the Recruitment and Employment Federation (REC) shows 97% of respondents felt the outlook provided static or improved confidence levels on which to make hiring and investment decisions.

Businesses are looking to grow their teams, with 83% of employers planning to increase permanent headcount levels in Q1 2016, according to the report.

Commenting on the issue, Wayne Brophy, managing director of Manchester-based specialist recruitment company, Cast UK, said:

“An interesting facet of the shifting employment landscape is the sticky issue of skills gaps, which threatens to challenge businesses, unless they think laterally.

“There is an upturn in businesses seeking strategic skills available via interim managers and contract workers, who have the agility and expertise to make an impact in a short period of time, and whose contribution at a senior level makes commercial sense from a resourcing point of view.

“This shift in the market was a catalyst for the launch of our own dedicated interim and contract recruitment division at Cast UK, which continues to perform well.

“The REC report claims 94% of employers are operating with no spare workforce capacity, which is an unequivocal signal to add resources in order to meet growing demands.

“While this opens up opportunities in the marketplace, prompt access to high calibre talent is mandatory and clients must work closely with their recruitment agencies to map out business growth, recognise talent gaps and develop a dynamic and agile resourcing model to reflect this, as opposed to sporadic knee-jerk reactions that can sometimes cost dearly in the long-term.”

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"An interesting facet of the shifting employment landscape is the sticky issue of skills gaps, which threatens to challenge businesses, unless they think laterally."
Wayne Brophy, MD of Cast UK








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