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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