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OWNE 2023 findings

During the Offshore Wind North East 2023 we took the opportunity to survey 115 businesses/delegates at the exhibition in order to discover current trends within recruitment. I am delighted to take this opportunity to present the results.

What are the biggest challenges facing your organisation?

The results showed that 30% of the respondents identified lack of skills as the primary challenge for their business. This was closely followed by recruitment, with 29% of participants highlighting it as a major challenge. 13% of the respondents cited competition as a significant concern, while 8% indicated that their organisation lacked funding. Market uncertainty and Brexit was identified as a challenge by 20% of the participants. These insights provide valuable information about the key obstacles faced by businesses, helping stakeholders understand and address the critical issues affecting their operations.

How many people does your business typically hire per year?

The results indicate that 35% of respondents stated that their organisation hires 20 or more individuals annually. The next significant category was organisations recruiting less frequently, with 28% reporting less than 5 hires per year. The range of 5-10 hires per year accounted for 22% of the responses, while businesses hiring between 10 and 20 individuals annually constituted 15% of the survey participants.

How long does it take your business to fill a role?

According to our survey it takes 45% of the businesses 1 - 3 months to fill a role (including notice period). A further 10% say its takes more than 6 months to fill the role.1 in 5 organisations fill a role within the first 2 weeks of searching. While 15% say it takes up to 1 month to fill a vacancy within their business.

Specifically referencing, “blue collar” roles, 57% of respondents said that these would be filled between 1-2 weeks.

What would be the biggest driving factors if you were looking for your next role?

When it comes to searching for their next role, 70% of individuals have expressed that money is not their primary motivator. Instead, 46% prioritise training and progression, recognising the importance of personal and professional growth. Additionally, 34% place great emphasis on the culture and reputation of the organization they are considering, understanding the significance of a positive and supportive work environment. Furthermore, 20% highlight flexible working or hybrid arrangements as the key factor in their job search, valuing the ability to maintain a healthy work-life balance.

What is the longest period of time that a position has remained open for within your business?

According to the results of the survey, the longest period of time that a position has remained open is less than 6 months, which accounts for 38% of the responses. The next longest period is between 6 and 11 months, representing 30% of the responses.

A significant portion of positions remain open for 1-2 years, making up 22% of the total. Finally, only 10% of the positions have remained open for a period longer than 2 years with some of them remaining vacant still.

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