It is highly surprising given the amount of independent research and the volume written about the requirement to manage your internal talent how poorly this is generally carried out in house and how this leads to missed opportunities.
Many global organisations are failing to identify and use the skills of many of their people, yet complain they are being hampered by skills shortages.
A recent report from Randstad in the UK shows:
It does make you wonder as the report also identified that employers don’t have a grip on what makes them attractive to workers.
We disagree with the claimed priorities between those in work and those seeking work and our top three are:
Whilst brand and corporate values may be of importance to Employers they don’t pay the bills for Employees and HR departments need to understand what is important to people by asking the simple questions.
Some organisations may well have hidden talent within that they simply don’t realise exists because they simply haven’t carried out a skills audit. How daft is that?
In international recruitment we see it all the time. CV’s will come in and candidates don’t list skills that might be valued. A classic example was a failed publican who had been a telecommunications expert in the military but the CV said “Armed forces” between 2 dates. So our advice is to look within, before looking outside.
Moreover, by tapping into this talent now will reduce the outflow of people as the economy improves as job satisfaction ranks very highly in loyalty tests. There are many people looking over the parapet awaiting better times and Employers need to guard their back door, rather than concentrating on trying to pull the untested through the front door.
Employers can also consider the benefits of outsourcing to mitigate the increasing risks of direct employment but here communication between clients and suppliers is not what it should be. To make this work well it relies on Employers defining what they actually want to achieve and understanding that a supplier needs to make a profit, if they are to take on the employment risks of the supply of contract labour.
This is by no means just a UK problem as we have seen it for years as Australia which has had skills shortages for years and even today Boards of Directors are still failing to communicate adequately with the market place.
It seems so obvious but remains a business conundrum.
Author – Chris Slay
Skills Provision will allow our articles/quotes to be reproduced on other formats as long as full accreditation is given.
Before you fill out our registration form, we feel it necessary to pass on some important information.
After completing our registration process your details are checked over by our Validation Team. Their task is to upload suitable submissions or delete.
Registrations that pass validation automatically produce an online CV Profile. Due to the popularity of our website profiles are widely seen by prospective employers. On a daily basis we receive many Profile enquiries.
By following our guidelines your profile will pass our validation process.
Key points to note
Your aim should be to produce a fantastic online CV Profile.
Our task is to find you meaningful employment.