Published: 19th Jan 2017

The recruitment of economic development professionals for both public and private sector organisations is a major problem and will get worse over the next five years. This is the headline finding of the first Economic Development Skills and Demand survey by the Institute of Economic Development (IED), which sought responses from 106 IED members around recruitment, skills and training and development. We found that 51% of respondents to the survey are not currently recruiting, or planning to recruit over the next 12 months, for economic development roles. For those that are recruiting, a third say they are not confident that they will be able to find the quality of staff they need for these roles – and separately 41.5% of respondents think that Brexit will have a further negative impact on recruitment over the next five years. IED members are reporting that they have recently experienced the most problems in … (To read the full article, subscribe below)