Research carried out by Hays for its Career Outlook Survey shows that the majority of employers think previous experience in the same sector is important when taking on new staff, such as sales recruitment candidates.
This belief tends to be more prevalent in the private sector, with 56 per cent of employers in the commercial sphere deeming previous private sector experience to be important in potential candidates, compared to just 38 per cent of public sector recruiters.
Furthermore, half of private sector employers say a lack of direct experience would prevent them from hiring someone from the public sector, while four in ten cite a lack of transferable skills.
Commenting on the findings, Charles Logan, director at Hays, said they highlight that workers believe they cannot move between sectors and that employers are not always able to understand or give credence to transferable skills.
"By over-emphasising the value of previous same-sector experience, employers could be missing out on talented people and motivated workers," he noted, and advised firms to broaden their outlook and recruitment criteria when taking on new staff.
"It is particularly concerning in industries where there is a shortage of skilled professionals. Employers may need to consider candidates who have the necessary competencies but may not at first glance be the perfect match," Mr Logan added.
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Source: The Sales Director News