Call to bridge wi­den­ing skills gap for com­pa­nies

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Business - By paul grin­nell

Com­pa­nies in Peter­bor­ough are strug­gling to find em­ploy­ers equipped with the right skills to do the job, a new sur­vey has warned. The alarm has been sounded by the an­nual Cooper Lo­maz Salary Sur­vey which claims firms are bat­tling to at­tract the top IT can­di­dates, es­pe­cially for se­nior po­si­tions which are com­mand­ing salary hikes of be­tween 10 per cent and 15 per cent.

Jane Lovell, joint man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of re­cruit­ment­con­sul­tancy Cooper Lo­maz, said the sit­u­a­tion was so acute that “ur­gent ac­tion” needed to be taken to plug the skills gap.

The10thannu­al­re­por­thigh­lights an un­prece­dented skills short­age in IT, en­gi­neer­ing, food man­u­fac­tur­ing and ac- coun­tancy.

Statis­tics showan­in­creased de­mand for spe­cific skills, an in­suf­fi­cient pool of work­ers with re­quired skills, an older work­forcereach­in­gre­tire­ment, a “stay- put” cul­ture cre­ated by the­uncer­taineco­nomic­cli­mate plus a lack of can­di­dates with rel­e­vant de­grees or ex­pe­ri­ence.

Ms Lovell said: “Busi­nesses must ac­knowl­edge the skills gapand­shoul­drespon­dac­cord­ingly if they want to main­tain a com­pet­i­tive edge.”

Cooper Lo­maz joint man­ag­ing direc­tors Char­lotte Cooper, left, and Jane Lovell

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