23 Apr 2009

Jobs hard to fill despite recession

1:19 pm on 23 April 2009

Despite increasing job cuts and a shrinking employment market 47% of businesses have been finding vacanies hard to fill.

The Business Operations Survey for 2008 suggests there is a shortage of highly-skilled workers.

Businesses reported the most common traits lacking in prospective employees were motivation, personality and the right attitude.

Almost one-third of applicants did not have enough qualifications or work experience.

Just under a quarter of businesses said not enough candidates were applying for the available jobs.

The businesses surveyed found most of their existing staff were lacking customer service or sales skills.