81% of manufacturers fear they could be hit by skills shortages

April 2005
Professional Engineering;4/27/2005, Vol. 18 Issue 8, p10
Trade Publication
This article focuses on a survey from the Cranfield School of Management, which shows that manufacturers in Great Britain are optimistic about growth in the next quarter of the year 2005, although continued skills shortages could stifle performance. Almost half (45%) of manufacturing companies surveyed for the Recruitment Confidence Index were upbeat about the next quarter. This confidence is filtering into expectations about staffing., with 32% of manufacturers predicting growth in the next quarter in the numbers of all employees, up from 31 % the quarter before. However, 81 % expect they will have difficulties finding the right staff, up from 77%.


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