Employment to rise be a quarter of a million in 2004

February 2004
Management Services;Feb2004, Vol. 48 Issue 2, p3
Academic Journal
This article reports on the expected increase in employment levels in 2004 based on the review conducted by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). The CIPD argues that this presents a huge dilemma to British organisations who are already experiencing severe recruitment difficulties. According to economist John Philpott, the self-employed are likely to be the biggest winners of the job increase. While this is undoubtedly good news for business and users of public services, it promises to present a greater challenge to public sector human resource (HR) managers. To meet the challenge, organisations should tap into under-used sources of labour. Philpott argues that the more balanced pattern of economic growth will also favour job creation in business services and manufacturing. The review also includes the latest benchmarking data on a full range of HR practices, which include work-life balance, labour turnover, recruitment, training, stress, career management and sickness absence. The data confirms that the recruitment and retention of skilled staff remains the biggest challenge of HR. The most common reasons for recruitment difficulty are skill shortages and finding applicants with suitable experience.


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