Nearly 9 in 10 Australian employers concerned about finding top talent

But employers, employees disagree on top reason for struggles in hiring: report

Nearly 9 in 10 Australian employers concerned about finding top talent

Most employers in Australia are worried about their company's ability to hire top talent, according to a new report.

Findings from Robert Half revealed that 89% of Australian employers are concerned about the matter.

Nicole Gorton, director at Robert Half, said concerns over luring top talent have long been the "crux of employer's worries."

"Having high-calibre professionals in a workforce can be the difference between propelling a company forward or just meeting the needs of the business, which is why employers should prioritise their ability to grab the attention of talented professionals," Gorton said in a statement.

According to the report, nearly a third of employers (30%) believe they're not attracting talent because of limited opportunities for career progression.

Another 26% said it's because of the lack of flexibility, while 24% said it was because of poor or lack of competitive pay.

Employees unhappy with pay

But Robert Half's findings on employees' perspective on the issue tells a different story.

While 71% of them are also worried about their employer's ability to find top talent, the survey shows it's not all about career progression.

Poor or lack of competitive pay continues to the top reason why employees think their organisations can't find skilled talent. Limited opportunities for career progression came in second, followed by the lack of flexibility.

Source: Robert Half

Strategic action plan needed for hiring

Gorton said developing a strategic action plan can help employers overcome recruitment challenges.

"By identifying the root causes of attraction difficulties and crafting a compelling value proposition, leaders can effectively communicate their company's unique offerings to both current employees and prospective talent," the director said.

She also emphasised the importance of job candidates' honesty and transparency over their frustrations, as they offer an opportunity for open dialogue with employers.

"Companies who actively address the concerns of workers in relation to salary, work-life harmony and career progression will hold the trump card when it comes to attracting top talent and gaining their loyalty," she added.

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