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UK recruiters reveal the most challenging roles to fill

Half of agency recruiters agreed on one sector being the toughest to recruit for

A new study has revealed that despite a growing job market, 67.5% of recruitment professionals are still struggling to find the right candidates.

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CV-Library polled over 700 of the UK’s leading recruiters (including agency and in-house professionals) to uncover which job roles pose the biggest challenge for today’s recruitment professionals:

Agency Recruiters:

  • Almost half (49.9%) of agency recruiters admit that Engineering is the toughest sector to recruit for
  • Oil & Gas /Energy  roles come in second place as the most difficult sector to fill with 27.2% of recruitment professionals admitting difficulty
  • Recruiters reveal that Tourism & Leisure jobs are the easiest to recruit for – only 1.5% reveal concerns around finding candidates for these roles

In-house recruiters:

  • Operations tops the list as the most challenging department when recruiting with almost half (49.1%) admit concerns
  • Management roles are second on the list, with 48.2% of in-house recruiters revealing challenges
  • Retail (5.5%), PR and Catering (7.3% each) jobs are revealed as the easiest to fill

Industry

% of recruiters who say it’s the most challenging

Engineering

49.90%

Oil & Gas / Energy

27.20%

IT

24.90%

Aerospace

21.90%

Medical

20.10%

Construction

18.70%

Scientific

18.70%

Recruitment

17.60%

Financial

15.50%

Manufacturing

15.40%

Electronics

15.00%

Sales

13.50%

Legal

12.60%

Accounting

12.40%

Educational

12.40%

Automotive

11.70%

Surveying

11.50%

Management

10.80%

Social

10.20%

Graduate

10.10%

Banking

8.80%

Government

8.40%

Property

7.50%

Transport

6.80%

Marketing/PR

6.60%

Agriculture

6.40%

Public Services

6.40%

Consulting

6.00%

Emergency

5.30%

Charity

5.10%

Telecoms

4.80%

Hospitality

4.40%

Military

4.40%

Arts

4.20%

Administration

3.80%

Purchasing

3.80%

Catering

3.70%

Distribution

3.50%

Personnel

3.50%

Entertainment

3.30%

Media

3.30%

Insurance

2.70%

Customer Services

2.40%

Retail

1.80%

Leisure & Tourism

1.50%

 

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One comment

  1. This survey contains valuable information on current and emerging trends in people resourcing practice. This benchmarking survey is based on 67.5% of recruitment professionals are still struggling to find the right candidates in the UK. But the main objective of their resourcing activities is to enable the achievement of the organization’s strategic goals.

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