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The Northern Territory news Wed 5 Sep 2012



The Northern Territory news Wed 5 Sep 2012

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Community newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin; Australian newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin

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Nationwide News Pty. Limited

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www.ntnews.com.au Wednesday, September 5, 2012. NT NEWS. 35 P U B : NTNE-WS-DA-TE:5-SEGE:35 CO-LO-R: C-M Y-K Skills shortages growing worse Skills shortageswere reported to bemore intense at the junior tomid-management level rather than the seniormanagement level Employer survey result: Inwhich areas have you recently found it difficult to recruit? SKILLS shortages have intensified over the year for operations, technical and accountancy and finance candidates at the junior to mid-management level, according to employer feedback canvassed for the 2012 Hays Salary Guide. Of 1500 employers surveyed for the guide, skills shortages are most prominent at the junior to mid-management level for operations staff (up 10 per cent year-on-year), followed by technical (up 10 per cent), accountancy and finance (up 4 per cent), sales and marketing (up 7 per cent) and engineering (up 9 per cent) candidates. Compared to last years findings, these skills shortages have clearly become more intense over the year. Skills shortages were reported to be more intense at the junior to mid-management level rather than the senior management level. The shortage of candidates in general areas and industries can be overshadowed by the colossal staffing needs of those involved in Australias resources boom, says Claire Forsyth, manager of Hays in Darwin. The survey clearly shows that not only are employers across most industries continuing to register both permanent and temporary jobs, but for positions in demand skills shortages have intensified over the past year. There is also a wide-ranging understanding from employers in all industries that to find and retain the best people remains a challenge. Often the candidates that are available do not match all the requirements employers have. There is still a shortage of the right candidates to fill vacancies and competition for the top talent remains. Sixty-nine per cent of the employers surveyed said skills shortages had the potential to hamper the effective operation of their business or department. This means that finding a way to bridge this skills gap will be critical for business in the months and years ahead. According to Hays, one way to do this is to consider flexible staffing solutions. Already this is a strategy employers are turning to, with 84 per cent of workplaces allowing for flexible work practices, says Claire. Part-time employment and flexible working hours or compressed working weeks are the most popular options (both offered by 78 per cent of employers), followed by flex-place, such as working from home or alternative location (56 per cent), job sharing (27 per cent), flexible leave options (27 per cent), career breaks (16 per cent) and phased retirement (12 per cent). Another strategy is overseas skills. According to the survey, 59 per cent of employers said they would consider employing or sponsoring a qualified overseas candidate in areas where there are skills shortages. Some employers are also attempting to overcome the skills shortage by counter-offering staff when they resign. Forty-one per cent of employers said they sometimes or always counter-offer staff when they resign. In other findings, staff turnover increased in 30 per cent of organisations, indicating that candidates have become more confident about seeking new challenges, while business activity increased in 60 per cent of organisations and remained steady in a further 22 per cent. The 2012 Hays Salary Guide is available at www.hays.com.au/ salary, by contacting your local Hays office or by downloading the 2012 Hays Salary Guide iPhone app from iTunes. In Darwin, Hays is located at Level 6, Darwin Central, 21 Knuckey St. Phone 8943 6000. www.hays.com.au