What the Skills Shortage Means for You

How the UK skills shortage affects job-seekers and employers, plus the strategies to overcome this

If you’ve been following our recent posts you will have spotted a trend. For some time the UK has experienced a void between the number of available jobs and the number of suitable candidates to fill them.

Locally we’ve observed increased job opportunities in administration; PA and office management; finance and financial services, and legal roles.

So, how exactly does this affect you?


Think shortage, think opportunity! One in three employers will be looking for someone just like you this year.

If you’ve been considering a career move for a while, now’s the time to get things started. Competition may be lower in your field and recruitment processes more urgent.

This isn’t to say your standards should slip or that you should start drafting your resignation. Reduced competition remains competition nonetheless, and employers quite rightfully want to find the right person for each role.

  • Take this time to review the local market and how your skills best fit.
  • Next, get writing a CV that demonstrates exactly this.
  • Be sure to find a local recruiter with experience in your field. Recruiters have a wealth of knowledge when it comes to exactly what employers are looking for, as well as how to best shape your career.

GET STARTED: your CV remains a primary selling tool. You’ll find helpful CV writing advice on our Downloads page. Additionally, you can apply for the latest openings via our Jobs page or email.


There’s many a frustration that comes with a skills shortage, with delays in growth and progression sitting high on the list! However, there are strategies you can take to overcome this…

  • Review the opportunity in question. Consider the skills that are true ‘musts’ and those that are ‘preferable’. When our must lists reduce the talent pool deepens. Even when the list cannot be reduced we benefit from clarifying our goals.
  • Consider your team setup. Perhaps your project requires additional support staff rather than niche workers? Or perhaps temporary workers can help you get started while you hunt for the perfect permanent employee? Often there are multiple routes to achieving the same goal; some of which may be swifter.
  • Review the full package. Be sure to inform your recruitment consultant of all employee perks. Whether it’s flexible working, bonuses, training and/or internal promotions, each incentive could set you apart from your competitors.
  • Insider insights. Recruitment consultants possess valuable insights on the very people you are hunting for. Furthermore, they often have applicants waiting to apply for positions such as yours. Add this to the competitive advantages gleaned from local salary insights and recruiting tips, and you have many reasons to source an experienced local recruiter.

GET STARTED: call an Appoint consultant for an informal chat on 01225 313130. Alternatively, email your request and/or job specification directly to the team.

[Source: City A.M.]