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CIPD and Hays' Resourcing and Talent Planning Survey
Delivering insight

We are informed and passionate about the world of work and we understand that the effectiveness of an organisation depends on its people. That is why we work with organisations across the globe to help them find the talented people they need to succeed.

We are proud to partner with the CIPD on their 15th Annual Resourcing and Talent Planning Survey , helping to provide the HR community with insightful and interesting findings on the UK recruitment market.

Below is just a small summary of the finding and recommendations. For a full copy of the report click here or for more information contact Julie Waddicor via

Key findings

  • Recruitment difficulties continue: The main reason for this is a lack of necessary specialist or technical skills. Interestingly, 15% of respondents report they have experienced problems due to no applicants.
  • Three quarters (73%) of organisations have highlighted an increase in the number of unsuitable candidates for job vacancies.
  • More than half of employers (52%) believe that competition for talent is even greater.
  • One in three (31%) organisations report that the length of their recruitment process has led to the loss of potential recruits.


  • Audit current and future skills: There’s a need for organisations to conduct a thorough inventory of current skills and map those against the capabilities they are likely to need in the future.
  • Build a talent and succession pipeline, developing people with future-fit skills and capabilities.
  • Develop a creative approach to recruitment: Talented professionals may not always be on the hunt for a job but are often open to offers and therefore organisations need to invest time to develop an innovative campaign.
  • Training and development: Even when budgets are tight, it is essential that staff get the development they need to ensure they have the capabilities for their current job role, as well as starting to build those that the organisation will need in the future.