Your Post-Furlough Team – Where Are the Skills Gaps?
- October 15, 2020
In any organisation, there will always be a certain number of skills gaps. As the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme comes to and end, it is now that companies realise how vital it is to take stock of their employees, where they want their business to go, and see how the two directly correlate.
You may have had an idea for some time as to who from your pre-Covid team, will be returning to their roles, and also who won’t and therefore it’s time to conduct a skills gap analysis of your post-furlough team. This blog contains a how-to guide. Finding out where the capability gaps are in your organisation are the first step to putting in place a plan to close this gap, and strengthen your team.
So let’s take a look at how to perform a skills gap audit, and what to do if you find any critical gaps in the abilities of your team.
Identifying What Roles Your Organisation Needs
The roles that you had in your organisation pre-Covid might have changed now that your team has returned. Has the size or the nature of your business changed? Are there departments which have grown or decreased due to changes in the market?
During these times, it would be more unusual if your business hadn’t changed, so an audit will likely be in order.
The following is the three-step process of discovering where your skills gaps lie.
Step 1 – Identify the Skills Your Organisation Needs
Identifying skills comes in two parts – finding out which roles are necessary for your organisation, for example, depending on your sector the range might be varied from:
- the number of packers you need to work in a warehouse to meet demand,
- or the number of team leaders,
- or care assistants
- The number of customer service people,
- or the number of accountants required in your accountancy firm.
Many organisations are currently trying to cut costs, to deal with the uncertainty that Covid has caused across many sectors. Of course, no employer wants to be overstaffed, but the consequences of being understaffed during this critical time will be more severe. And with the UK economy growing the way it is, from an increase of 11.4% to 15% in the third quarter – planning for growth is a smart idea.
Questions to ask include –
- Where do we want the organisation to be?
- In which areas are we planning to expand into?
- With the current workforce, is our desired level of growth possible?
- Do we lack knowledge and resources in certain areas?
Once you have identified the number and the nature of the critical roles you need in your organisation, it’s time to find out if your current team have the skills required.
Step 2 – Assess the Current Skills in Your Team
Assessing the skills in your current team will mean individually reviewing your current team’s abilities.
For each role, use the following framework to evaluate team members –
- The employee is unaware of this task.
- The employee is aware of this task but does not have the skills to perform it.
- The employees can undertake the task assisted by someone else.
- The employee can perform the task unaided.
- The employee possesses the skills to teach others how to perform the task.
This assessment can be performed either by the employee themselves or by their managers or supervisor, and you will get the best results if you work together with your employees to discuss their skills and abilities.
Step 3 – Bridging the Gap
From your analysis, you will quickly see how you might have many employees who are at the same skill level, and a lack of employees who possess the necessary capability to grow in the areas you want.
Where are the expected gaps?
There are skills gaps in many sectors across the globe, with the financial services sector and manufacturing two of the most affected areas.
The skills gap in the financial services sector has been increasing year on year, up 30% in recent years.
In manufacturing, a recent study of organisations found that 81% of employers were finding it difficult to hire employees with the skills they need to expand.
Your Next Steps
Once you have discovered where your skills gaps are, the next logical step is to find the talent you need. When you do this, working with a dedicated recruiter in the commercial sector, you will deliver results faster than internal recruitment alone.
At Clayton Recruitment, we are experts at finding you the talent you need to fill a particular skills gap in your organisation, and many of our clients are finding this service invaluable in the current climate.
We can even provide help if you are unsure where your skills gaps are and would like to talk to an expert about what your organisation might need moving forwards.
You can get in contact with us today by calling 01772 259 121 or send us an email by clicking here.
About Clayton Recruitment
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With specialist divisions covering Commercial, Financial, Industrial, and Engineering appointments, on a permanent basis. If you are looking for your next career move, we can help. Call us on 01772 259 121 or email us here.