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Businesses concerned about filling skilled positions

Posted on October 31st, 2013 Read time: 1 minutes

Many companies are experiencing or anticipating a skills gap among their workers. According to a survey by Accenture, 46 percent of executives are concerned they won't have the talent they need in the next one to two years. This could mean companies are worried about finding qualified recruits or training existing workers to gain particular skills.

"The mismatch of skills needed and skills available is forcing organizations to rethink everything from how they define jobs to how they mine their organizations for hidden talent to how they recruit and evaluate candidates," says Katherine Lavelle, managing director of Accenture Talent & Organization, North America.

The most sought after skill sets are in information technology and engineering, with 44 percent and 36 percent of respondents anticipating a need for proficiency in the fields, respectively. Research and development, manufacturing and human resources were among the other top responses.

Fifty-one percent plan to cope with the skills shortage by increasing investment in training over the next two years, according to the survey. In the meantime, companies may need to find temporary workers to meet the demand for expertise. 

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