Last reviewed 5 October 2021

A report based on the views of 1000 employers, who were asked about their resourcing and talent planning practices, shows that 43% take an ad hoc approach to recruitment and are failing to plan for future skill and staff requirements.

The latest Resourcing and Talent Planning Survey, produced by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) in partnership with Omni, argues that organisations need to take a more strategic approach to resourcing.

This is particularly the case as vacancies surge past one million and the labour market is in flux due to Covid and Brexit with the result that firms may need to train and reskill more domestic workers or increase routes into work for young people, both of which can take time and investment.

The report highlights that just 46% of respondents to the survey collect data to identify skills gaps in their organisation, with fewer than a third (31%) collecting information to identify future skill requirements.

It suggests that comprehensive data should not just be used to inform and improve workforce planning decisions, but also an organisation’s range of resourcing initiatives, processes and issues.

Encouragingly, the CIPD found that more organisations are turning to training and development to address their recruitment difficulties, with a third (33%) saying they have developed more talent in-house compared to the previous year.

Claire McCartney, senior resourcing and inclusion adviser at the CIPD, said: “Employers could be making much better use of data across the board regarding their resourcing practices, so they know what works for them and what doesn’t. This will not just put them in a better position to attract and retaining talent, it will open up access to more diverse talent too.”