Learning & Development Professionals Concerned About Their Ability to Meet Demand for Skills, Says SumTotal – FE News


SumTotal Systemsa skillsoft (NYSE: SKIL) and global leader in acquisition, onboarding, learning management and talent management solutions, today released the results of a new study, revealing that 65% of Learning and Development (L&D) are concerned about their organisation’s ability to meet the demand for skills over the next 24 months, given the current UK economic outlook.

The study, carried out at Learning Technologies 2022, found that 60% of respondents expect new recruitment challenges to emerge in the UK due to global political unrest. For more than half (55%) of respondents, economic uncertainty has forced their organizations to adapt their recruitment processes. And although 64% of respondents believe the pandemic has slightly or greatly improved the digital skills gap in the UK, only 12% of organizations are very prepared and 26% somewhat prepared if skills shortages worsen after the pandemic. pandemic. As a result, more than a quarter of organizations describe their prospects for managing talent in a post-pandemic business landscape as one of “continuing uncertainty”.

The survey took a close look at the impact of the pandemic on training and development priorities and recruitment strategies. Additional key findings include:

  • 55% said their organizations had experienced greater recruiting challenges since the pandemic.
  • 56% delayed hiring decisions due to the pandemic; 17% delayed most hiring decisions and only 36% said hiring decisions were not affected.
  • Of those who have delayed hiring decisions, 27% have already made them and 37% are making them now, while 36% expect to make them in the next 3-12 months or don’t know.
  • 63% now place more importance on workforce planning and development compared to pre-pandemic times.

“The opinions and experiences of learning and development professionals are an important reflection of a range of crucial business trends, and their concerns underscore the continuing impact of skills shortages on UK plc,” commented Ian Rawlings, RVP EMEA at SumTotal. “And while it is clear that the pandemic has had a significant impact on both training and recruitment, organizations are now also focusing on solving a range of new challenges. The adaptability of L&D teams will play a key role in determining which employers attract, develop and retain the talent they need to succeed.

For more information visit: https://www.sumtotalsystems.com/resources/views-on-the-post-covid-talent-landscape-pg10162a1

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