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Seize potential to end recruitment trouble, firms told

The CIPD's advice follows its research which found 85 per cent of private sector firms are experiencing recruitment problems.Of these, 68 per cent said they've appointed someone in the last year without all the skills and experience required for a specific job, but with the potential to develop.Forty-five per cent of those asked said recruitment of management and professional vacancies posed the biggest problem, while 24 per cent said recruiting senior management or directors was the most difficult.To help solve this problem, the CIPD advises recruiting staff with potential and developing management skills among existing employees."The difficulties that a quarter of employers have had recruiting at the most senior level in their organisation shows how important investment in succession planning and leadership development by UK firms is," said Rebecca Clake, recruitment and retention adviser at the CIPD."It is dangerous to assume that senior talent can just be brought in when needed. Clear, long-term strategies for identifying the leaders of the future are the best ways of ensuring that UK organisations continue to thrive."Another possibility for finding recruits, the CIPD said, is employment of migrant workers. The survey found 38 per cent of employers have recruited non-UK residents to fill vacancies in the last year.

  • For more information on recruitment visit www.cipd.co.uk

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