Managing the shortage of skilled candidates

Businesses can tackle talent deficits by offering career progression and a good work-life balance to staff

Half of hiring managers have trained or upskilled existing staff to help manage candidate shortages Pic: iStock

Eighty-two per cent of employers in Ireland, regardless of their size, have experienced challenges when recruiting suitably qualified candidates.

We surveyed 102 organisations in Ireland to research the effects of both a candidate-short market and the strategies businesses employ to manage them.

We found that 66 per cent of employers stated that the main recruitment challenge they faced was candidates lacking the relevant skills, while 51 per cent stated that the salary expectations ...