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UK HR sector affected by skills shortages, reveals Reed survey

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Skills shortages are impacting on the growth of many UK businesses in the HR sector, according to a new report from recruiter Reed UK, which canvassed the views of 1,500 employers and employees.

The Reed HR 2012 Salary and Market Insight report reveals that losing talent is a key concern among senior management, with 39% of HR professionals admitting they have skills gaps in their organisation that are having an effect on their business’s performance and growth potential.

Some HR professionals feel their organisation is taking steps to stem the flow of lost talent, with more than half (55%) investing in training, while 35% are focusing on internal promotion.

A third (32%) of HR professionals’ employers are looking externally to address their skills gaps, but enhanced benefits packages to attract and retain people are much less common.

Worryingly, 26% of HR professionals felt their organisation was doing nothing to attract or retain talent.

Jason Willis, divisional director at Reed HR, said: “The majority of businesses are now being run in a very lean way, with little surplus of skills to take up the slack when someone leaves for a new role. This means that effective talent management is more important than ever and the first step to this is understanding the skills within the organisation.”

The Reed report also shows that the skills shortage is showing no sign of amelioration. While the majority of UK workers (61%) are satisfied in their current roles, many are looking to move on to new challenges. This is particularly prevalent at junior manager level, with 46% either actively looking for a new role or planning to start the search in the next 12 months.

The Reed HR 2012 Salary and Market Insight report is available from: http://bit.ly/reedsalaryguide