25 Aug 2010

Firms short of skilled staff after recession layoffs

8:02 am on 25 August 2010

A global recruitment agency says employers who've slashed too many jobs in recent years are now facing a serious skills shortage.

Hudson surveyed more than 600 employers in Australsia, of which 84% said they'd made too many people redundant during the global economic crisis and now lack the right staff to expand.

Hudson New Zealand executive general manager Marc Burrage says 85% of respondents feel upbeat about the economic future, but their attempts to rebuild and improve the strength of their workforce are falling flat.

Mr Burrage says about 40% of employees have a personal goal to be in a new role within the next six months.