Four in five employers would hire for potential as skills shortage continues to bite

Four in five employers would hire for potential as skills shortage continues to bite, survey shows.  

The What Workers Want survey by recruitment firm Hays, which polled more than 5,000 workers, found more than three-quarters (77 per cent) of employers were concerned about skills shortages in their organisation, and that as a result, three in five (60 per cent) said they were providing learning resources to current employees to address their organisation’s skills shortage.

Four in five (80 per cent) employers would now consider hiring staff based on their potential, with the intention of upskilling them once hired, new research has revealed.

Rebecca Gilbert owner of Dorchester Chamber for Business member Headland HR said; “It is a tough market right now but, with the right foundations in place, this shift in focus will help businesses to attract the people they need. It may also help retention as people will be more likely to stay in an environment where they feel valued and invested in.

“I have always advocated recruit for attitude and train for skill ,I think this is a really positive shift.”

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