Flexible recruitment and investment in skills needed to win the war for talent

Says recruitment expert

As technological change and globalisation transform labour markets, the OECD has released its 2017 Employment Outlook calling on governments to help workers build the right skills and give them the opportunities to upskill throughout their working lives.

Phil Sheridan, senior managing director, Robert Half UK, said: “While the business community has been operating in a state of uncertainty, one certainty they all face is the war for talent. With top talent in short supply, all organisations need to understand the best ways to compete for skilled talent within their industry and remain competitive – whether that means offering regular salary reviews, professional development or training.

“Making better use of skills through further education and skills development is crucial to an organisation’s long-term growth. Our research into workplace happiness revealed that education and training are two important pillars for workplace happiness. If employees are given opportunities to progress, develop their skill sets and get the training they need then they tend to be happier and do better work as a result.

“With high employment in the market, candidates with specialist skills are in high demand. In such a competitive recruitment environment, a flexible employment strategy – with a mix of permanent, interim and temporary professionals  – is at the heart of enabling change and building a productive workforce to support business objectives.”

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