The new 2012 National Management Survey by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and XpertHR shows that 59 per cent of UK of employers found it difficult to recruit managers in the year to September 2011, which is an increase of ten per cent on the previous 12 month period.
According to the respondents, a shortage of candidates with specialist skills was the main hurdle they encountered, with 80 per cent of workers finding this to be an issue.
Another problem faced by companies was the struggle to retain managers, with 55 per cent of employers citing this and an average of one manager in ten leaving their post in the past year.
Christopher Kinsella, acting chief executive of the CMI, noted that the UK needs to employ 544,000 new managers by 2020 or the country could be in a "grave situation".
"A company that does not work hard to retain its employees and invest in its people will find itself in a difficult situation given we already have a shortage of high-quality managers," he explained.
"Strong managers are the lifeblood of effective organisations and too many employers are realising this too late."
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Posted by Richard Esquilant
Source: The Sales Director News