Businesses looking to recruit new staff are coming up against a range of challenges as a result of the high employment rate in the UK at present.
The latest research from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and Adecco Group predicted that employment growth will continue into the next quarter of the year. While this is good news for employees, it means some businesses are finding it harder to recruit.
As a result, the CIPD noted that some are changing their recruitment practices to help them fill certain roles.
For example, 43 per cent of employers revealed that they are upskilling their existing staff to help cover difficult to fill roles, while 23 per cent are hiring more apprentices than in the past.
What’s more, 41 per cent of employers said that it had become more difficult to fill vacancies in the past 12 months, while 33 per cent have said that it’s also harder to retain the staff they already have.
Some employers are so keen to fill vacancies that they’ve even lowered their recruitment standards, the CIPD research found.
Gerwyn Davies, senior labour market adviser for the organisations, stressed that companies need to “give much greater consideration to the obstacles that are preventing their people from performing better at work”.
He added: “A greater focus on training, development and better people management is needed to lift the UK out of its current productivity crisis.”
Organisations that intend to hire junior workers and train them in specific roles may want to get help from background screening companies to ensure that the people they choose are a good fit for the business.
The latest data from the Office for National Statistics revealed that the employment rate for those aged 16 to 64 hit 76.1 per cent in February this year, up from the 75.4 per cent recorded a year earlier.