Bridging The Skills Gap

24th June 2013 · Kevin Howes


As mortarboards collide across the country, a new pool of talented graduates make their way into – or take their first steps towards – the UK workforce, many equipped with the skills and up to date knowledge that businesses need to develop and grow.

It’s no secret that many businesses struggle to find the best talent to join their teams.  Recent statistics released by the European commission predict that – in the IT sector alone – the estimated shortage of qualified IT staff EU-wide could reach 700,000 by 2015.

This corresponds with many clients’ feedback citing the challenge of finding key sought after skill-sets as their primary hurdle for growth.

There is a non correlation at play here; an influx of young talent looking for work but a perceived lack of available skills, notably in high growth sectors such as IT and Mobile.

As talent providers, the function of recruitment agencies is to bridge the skills gap through the provision of strategic recruitment solutions; driving productivity and growth for clients.

Why specialist agencies are best placed to bridge this talent gap:

Niche agencies with dedicated specialisms devote their time to expertly locating these elusive skills. In an industry where demand for good candidates is seemingly greater than supply, recruiters employ innovative candidate sourcing methods to ensure access to these critical skills, with large talent pools and extensive databases making them well placed to address this deficit.

Considering the rapidly evolving nature of the industry – with the constant emergence of new skills and trends – an emphasis on market verticals is required to ensure that consultants are up to date with the latest market developments. By doing so they can anticipate skills demand, staying one step ahead of the talent supply shortage and giving clients the competitive advantage.

As a consultative agency our agenda complements the broader aim of reducing unemployment through intelligent recruitment. Graduates are aware of the gains to be made in this booming sector so providing candidates with CV workshops, employment consultancy services and insights into the current IT jobs markets helps them to establish career growth paths.

This intermediary expertise is becoming increasingly important as the global economy continues to struggle and the needs of clients to overcome this employment stumbling block advances.