Recruitment and retention headache soars

September 2003
Management Services;Sep2003, Vol. 47 Issue 9, p5
Academic Journal
Recruitment pressures have increased considerably in 2003, despite the economic slowdown and a wave of redundancies in Great Britain. The survey from people management experts, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, shows that the problem exists across all sectors and regions with 93% of the 557 organizations surveyed experiencing difficulties. The survey confirms the trend of the 3Rs effect, where mass redundancy co-exists alongside recruitment and retention difficulties. The three main causes of the problem include a lack of specialist skills, poor quality applicants and pay inflexibility, all of which are particularly acute in the public sector. The cost of living is also cited as a major reason in London, England and the South East in particular. Meanwhile, the number of organizations reporting retention difficulties has increased even more markedly from 50% to 72%. Retaining public sector staff and administrative staff are the biggest retention challenges. Again, more organizations in London report retention difficulties than any other region in Great Britain. Recruitment and retention problems have led to key changes in procedures and trends in the country.


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