WE ARE CURRENTLY FACING WHAT SOME ARE DESCRIBING AS A ‘PERVASIVE’ SKILLS SHORTAGE. WHEREAS PREVIOUSLY, EMPLOYERS HAD THEIR PICK OF A QUEUE OF APPLICANTS FOR ONE JOB, NOW THEY AND RECRUITERS ARE HAVING TO BE MUCH MORE PROACTIVE IN FINDING RELEVANT CVS. CONTRIBUTOR NEIL HAMMERTON, CEO & CO-FOUNDER – NATTERBOX.
There are many factors at play in creating this shortage, from a 42-year low unemployment rate to the pace of change brought on by technology innovation. What we can agree on however, is that the situation isn’t going to suddenly change – so we need to look at other ways of getting the talent that we so desperately need.
For me, it is a case of being more creative about recruitment. As employers, we need to accept that the traditional approach that has worked for us for so long is no longer relevant to today’s job market. Instead, we need to look outside of our traditional hiring routes and recognize that to get the talent we need, we might need to create it. By that, I mean looking for people who have drive, passion, ambition and a genuine desire to want to work in our industry and training them.