Morethan a third of employers expect difficulties in recruiting HR managers in thenext six months, according to research by the Recruitment Confidence Index.Itshows that 38 per cent of the 575 organisations surveyed were having problemsfilling key roles in middle and senior HR management, compared with 32 per centfor the previous six months. Trainingand development managers and compensation and benefits managers areparticularly in demand. AngelaBaron, adviser for employee resourcing at the CIPD, said, “We havewitnessed a tightness in the labour market. Skills shortages appear further upthe management level, in more specialised HR functions.”Sheadded, “There is not much of a shortage in junior HR roles.”SteveFrench, managing director of HR recruitment for TMP Worldwide, said that largefirms have the resources to recruit specialised HR professionals such ascompensation and benefits managers.Thesurvey also shows that the engineering sector is suffering. It is the hardesthit sector with 68 per cent of respondents anticipating recruitment problemsfor managerial positions in the next six months. DavidYeandle, deputy director of the Engineering Employers’ Federation, said,”We are experiencing serious pockets of skills shortages. “Thedifficulties for employers lie in recruiting for the more specialised technicalstaff. It’s a tight labour market and it’s difficult to say whether the problemwill improve.”ITfollowed closely behind, with 63 per cent of organisations expecting problemsin recruiting managerial/professional staff in the next six months. ByKaren Higginbottom Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Key roles shortage shows no signs of slowing downOn 30 Jan 2001 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.