Just 7% of companies find it easier to fill a vacancy this year than in 2022

Nine out of ten companies, specifically 93%, consider that filling a vacancy is turning out to be the same (52%) or more difficult (41%) than last year, while only 7% believe that it is easier than in 2022.

This is reflected in a report prepared by Randstad and the Spanish Confederation of Business Organisations (CEOE), for which opinions from 300 companies have been obtained.

The study reflects that 72% of companies detect talent shortage problems, both in the market in general and within their own company.

Furthermore, nine out of ten have searched for a profile lately and the vast majority of them have faced difficulties in filling their vacancies, especially in qualified profiles.

“Companies currently need more time to find talent, compared to the pre-pandemic situation,” warns the Randstad and CEOE report.

Among the factors that make selection and hiring the most difficult is the shortage of professionals (64% of responses); the great competition between companies (55%), and the possibility that the sector of activity is not attractive for professionals (49%).

As for the strategies to deal with the talent deficit, the companies are mainly committed to flexibility policies (47%), ’employer branding’ (45%) and the restoration of selection criteria (41%), whereas increased wages don’t appear to be a consideration.

Among the most popular flexibility measures are being able to choose the start time, having flexible vacations, teleworking and intensive working hours.

On the other hand, according to the companies, the main organisational objectives are focused on productivity (58% of responses), operational adaptation to the new situation (75%) or the search for efficiency in the financial field (45%).

In this sense, most companies plan to make different types of organisational changes to meet the challenges and adapt to the current economic reality, according to the report.

Specifically, those surveyed are mainly committed to reducing expenses (in 87% of cases), promoting digitalisation and technological innovation (82%), and increasing performance (79%), but again, without increasing pay.

Perhaps there’s a different solution staring these companies in the face.