Skill short­ages harm­ing north­ern SMEs

Yorkshire Post - Business - - FRONT PAGE -

Four in five SMEs in the North are strug­gling to at­tract the skills they need, with many forced to of­fer over the odds salary pack­ages in or­der to re­cruit the right peo­ple.

The Robert Half 2019 Salary Guide, pub­lished to­day, re­veals more than half a mil­lion north­ern SMEs, are hav­ing is­sues with re­cruit­ment and that more than half of CEOs ad­mit they can’t find can­di­dates with the nec­es­sary skills to help them nav­i­gate an in­creas­ingly dig­i­talised busi­ness land­scape.

These in­clude data anal­y­sis and dig­i­tal skills, as well as softer skills such as re­silience, adapt­abil­ity to change and critical think­ing.

These con­cerns are set to in­crease with the un­cer­tainty of Brexit and the po­ten­tial de­crease of skilled tal­ent.

Gareth Gage, di­rec­tor at Robert Half, said: “Tech­nol­ogy and dig­i­tal­i­sa­tion is rapidly chang­ing the busi­ness land­scape, par­tic­u­larly in the North which has so far ben­e­fited from £100m of in­vest­ment by the North­ern Pow­er­house In­vest­ment Fund (NPIF), £15m of which has been di­rected at high-tech busi­nesses.”

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