Small businesses struggle to find decent employees

Small businesses are finding it hard to get employees with skills they need, even though there is high unemployment and many candidates are looking for employment. A recent report that Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) prepared found the percentage of businesses receiving unqualified candidates applying for work had increased by 7% over the last 12 months.

Claire McCartney, CIPD advisor and author of the report says tread lightly mindset by employees is a contributing factor in the lack of skilled labor and thus delaying the economic recovery.

The movement at will of individuals with certain talents is being slowed by a hesitation of changing jobs voluntarily in a volatile economic downturn and it is now even worse than when the recession was at its worst. The thought is this will continue from the employees with a number of them wanting to stay where they are for at least the next couple of years which will make it difficult for employers to get a competitive advantage through hiring new staff.

Small businesses nevertheless were already experiencing larger than staff turnover then larger businesses and fewer of their vacancies were filled internally so they were more exposed to fewer talented candidates.

The survey found the 75% of those 636 who responded with vacancies struggled to fill them in the 12 months. Over 50% said competition to find talent was worse even though there is high unemployment. Of those almost 75% said they had a shortfall of specialist, managerial, technical skills that caused problems with job recruitment.

Also the survey showed that in the age bracket 18-24 there is a shortage of talent to recruit. The numbers also mirror another survey by Ethical Skills and Training of over 500 businesses that found only 7% of those companies between one and nine employees were thinking about hiring anyone in the 18-24 year old age bracket.