Which Skills Do Recruiters Say Are Hardest to Find?

Talent Shortage

There are few topics more buzzed about, and more divisive, in the recruitment industry than the talent shortage. While most recruitment professionals agree it’s an important issue—respondents cited it as the top challenge for 2017 in the 2017 UK Recruitment Trends Report—its exact impact differs depending on the unique circumstances of each recruitment agency.

To determine which industries, roles, and skills were most impacted, recruitment professionals were asked to list the skill shortages they were noticing on the job. Respondents cited hundreds of different skills, but UK recruitment professionals cited these 15 keywords most frequently.

Skills Shortage

Which Skills Are Hardest to Find?

Not all recruitment professionals felt the same about the talent shortage either. Some hadn’t noticed any impact, and others thought the full impact of the skills shortage was still being understated. Here are some of the most illuminating responses.

All skills in the tech industry are becoming harder to find. And it will only get harder with the fallout of Brexit.
Respondent 2017 UK Recruitment Trends Report


It’s not skills that are hard to find, it's long term loyalty. There seems to be lots of people who move every couple of years.
Respondent 2017 UK Recruitment Trends Report


Experienced people who are willing to work in freelance positions.
Respondent 2017 UK Recruitment Trends Report


Experienced consultants who aren't burnt out.
Respondent 2017 UK Recruitment Trends Report


Human Factors, Physicists, Industrial Design, Quality Assurance, Design Assurance—pretty much everything.
Respondent 2017 UK Recruitment Trends Report

No change here, our sector has always been job rich, candidate poor.
Respondent 2017 UK Recruitment Trends Report

Want to read more on the skills shortage? Check out creative methods for overcoming skill shortages or learn more about the talent shortage and the other challenges impacting the recruitment industry in the Trends Report.

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