Skills Gap & HR Challenges Facing Irish Manufacturing SMEs

By on July 13, 2018 in

During the course of our many engagements with customers and stakeholders in the manufacturing sector across Ireland, we have observed the challenges and opportunities that SMEs face. These arise as owners and leaders seek to successfully grow and adapt their organisations to remain competitive and to win and retain customers. Despite many challenging international conditions, the leading sector indicators over the past few years show consistent employment growth and increased demand for Irish produced products in home and export markets.

The Skills Gap & HR Challenges Facing Irish Manufacturing SMEs 2018 Report was commissioned by HRM and Bank of Ireland (conducted by Red C), found that there are significant nationwide skills gaps for Irish Manufacturing SMEs. Despite over one in four (28%) SME manufacturing companies hiring new staff since the start of 2018, more than 4 out of 10 (44%) say that maintaining and hiring a skilled workforce is a real concern for the future. More than half of businesses in Munster (53%) and Rest of Leinster (54%) believe finding a skilled workforce will be problematic in the future.

Our report highlights significant nationwide skills gaps for Irish Manufacturing SMEs. Despite over one in four (28%) SME manufacturing companies hiring new staff since the start of 2018, more than 4 out of 10 (44%) say that maintaining and hiring a skilled workforce is a real concern for the future.

The research for this report surveyed over 250 manufacturing SMEs across the top five sectors including materials and products, print and packaging, equipment assembly, wood and timber products and food.

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