Call to bridge widening skills gap for companies
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