Skills gaps sees business hunt for staff

Kimberley Barrett-St Vall
Kimberley Barrett-St Vall
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Businesses in the region are actively investing in staff as they attempt to close a ‘skills gap’ created by the recession, an expert has revealed.

Kimberley Barrett-St Vall, solicitor in the Employment team at Napthens in Blackpool, reports that, during the recession, many employers were not hiring new staff, and in some cases making redundancies.

Now the economy is improving, many employers in sectors such as engineering and manufacturing are now finding they have skills gaps.

Kimberley said: “Many businesses have a lack of young staff rising through the ranks, thanks to recruitment often being on hold during the recession, so there has been a noticeable drive to ‘upskill’ existing staff. We have seen a clear trend of businesses 
approaching us for help with employment and HR training. Businesses are seeking advice on equality issues, and grievance procedures.”