The JobsOutlook survey reported that 34% of employers with the intention to expand their workforce through the recruitment of agency workers had expressed concerns over the availability of those with the necessary skills.

At Orbital, we’ve got this covered. Relying on our existing pool of talent just doesn’t cut it, so we don’t. Consequently, it’s more important than ever for recruitment agencies like us, to do more than deliver a compelling attraction strategy. Here are 5 ways we solve any potential skills shortage, so you don’t get caught short.

1. Explore alternative pools of resource

Diversity of the workforce is essential. Explore alternative pools of resource from tapping into online communities such as students, graduates and mums. Moreover, a diverse and inclusive workplace is ever more profound with strong evidence to suggest that across the board companies and organisations with a wider range of experiences and perspectives perform better.

2. Be flexible

Flexibility brings a wealth of opportunity. Does the shift have to be 8 hours long? Think, can it be split between two 4-hour contracts. Consider, does the role need to be 9-5pm or does the task require approximately 37 hours a week to complete? For some tasks the start and finish of a shift will have no bearing on the task, it may be 4 hours – if you can be flexible you open up the opportunity to various other pools of resource, for example working mums.

3. Get to know your workforce

Understanding your workforce is vital in resource problem-solving. Skills sets, personalities, available hours all contribute to placing the individual into the correct role. Bridging the gap between employee and employer is the crucial ingredient to recruitment harmony, whether this is by upskilling where identified knowledge gaps exist, or simply negotiating working hours. As they say, knowledge is power and with solving skills shortage, knowing your personnel really is.

4. Water your seedlings

Educate them, nourish them and keep them retained. Retaining employees is critical to the long-term health and success of your business. Keeping employees ensures effective succession planning, knowledge security and cost-effectivity. Constant recruitment costs time and money as a new member of the team works to learn the role. The payoff with caring for your team is that you get to develop your own talent and grow from within.

5. Talk to an agency with experience

If you’re struggling to recruit and are struggling to find the skill sets you need, employ a team of experts who really understand the very DNA of recruitment and their workforce. Recruitment agencies, like ours, have spent years building relationships with their workforce. What’s more, you’ll save time, money, and get the correct person for the role – the first time.

From full and part-time roles to temporary and permanent positions – we’re the perfect partner to provide a solid link between candidate and employer. For more information about our services, get in touch with a member of our team and let us support your recruitment needs.