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Employees 'need correct skills and training'

Published: Thursday, 15 January 2009   Category: Graduate Job sector Reports

Ensuring employees have the necessary skills and training has never been more important than in the current economic environment, it has been claimed.

According to Essex-based talent management firm Skillsarena, there are ten times the usual number of job candidates in the talent pool, meaning employees can be more selective over who they hire, reports Onrec.

Jason Pierce, managing director of the firm, said that for those in a position to employ, it is "very much an employer's market".

However, he added that it was important for employers to "remain focused" on what their business needs, adding that there are potential "pitfalls" to hiring over-qualified candidates – comments which may encourage inexperienced graduates seeking entry level positions.

"Organisations must look at skills testing as a tool to filter through these applications. To check skills are up to the job, the true application of testing should be to establish 'best fit, right first time' employment," Mr Pierce told the news provider.

Last month, IT Job Board managing director Alex Farrell claimed that training provision was especially important for IT graduates.

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