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'War for talent' is intensifying

It is getting increasingly difficult to find well-qualified talent to fill skills shortages, new research has found.

The proportion of organisations  that are reporting recruitment difficulties, such as failure to find candidates with the necessary specialist or technical skills, has risen threefold from 20 percent in 2009 to 62 per cent this year.

Managers, professionals, specialists and technical staff were found to be particularly difficult to recruit and retain, according to the research carried out by the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development and Hays.

Strategies to cope with recruitment difficulties included casting the net overseas, developing apprenticeship schemes, and upskilling existing employees.

The survey also found that organisations were finding it similarly difficult to retain this group. In the public sector, the problem was particularly severe with 60 per cent of employers reporting retention difficulties. Worryingly, one in five organisations admitted that they had not implemented any specific retention initiatives to address the issue.

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