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Charity sector hardest hit as war for talent continues

first_imgThe number of voluntary sectororganisations facing recruitment problems has risen by half in only three months,according to a survey by recruitment firm Reed.The Reed Skills Index,which tracked the recruitment trends of nearly 1,500 organisations for thefirst three months of this year, reveals that 67 per cent of voluntary groupsreported difficulty finding suitably skilled staff. This represents a growth ofnearly 50 per cent on the previous quarter.World developmentcharity Cafod has had trouble filling editorial and facilities managementpositions. It was offering salaries between £23,000 and £25,000.Roger Morton,personnel officer at Cafod, said, “Candidates have dropped out because oursalary levels are lower than they can get outside.”He said charitiesshould tackle the problem by better targeting advertising in order to attractpeople interested in the work, for whom salary is not an issue.While voluntary groupsare hardest hit by the recruitment crisis, over half of businesses have alsobeen unable to find suitably skilled and qualified people.One in five ofemployers who have had recruitment problems said secretarial and administrativevacancies are a problem. Accountancy and sales recruitment posts are also hardto fill.Many of the businessessurveyed said skills shortages led to more pressure on existing staff. Theysaid they face reduced profits due to pressure to raise salaries and the lackof human capital to resource plans for growth.While an upwardpressure on salaries is cited by many as an impact of the current skillscrisis, this is most prevalent in the public and voluntary sectors.James Reed, chiefexecutive of Reed said, “The year-on-year rising trend indicates asteadily increasing problem for business which should not be ignored.”www.reed.co.ukBy Gideon Burrows Charity sector hardest hit as war for talent continuesOn 18 Apr 2001 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more