02 August 2019 | Herpreet Kaur Grewal
Around three-quarters of respondents to the IWFM Market Outlook report said their organisation had struggled to recruit employees with the right skills over the last 12 months and expected this problem to continue over the next 12 months.
However, around three-quarters of respondents also said there was "a good or very good match" between the skills of their organisation's current workforce and the skills needed by their organisation. Less than a quarter felt that there was a poor match.
People's views on training provision was generally positive, with 36 per cent of respondents claiming investment in training provision in their organisations had increased and 44 per cent saying it had stayed the same.
Two-thirds of respondents said finding the right training was easy (57 per cent) or very easy (9 per cent), with just over a quarter indicating they had found it difficult or very difficult.
The data also suggested that apprenticeships were seen to be having a positive impact on the UK FM market. Half of the respondents indicated that their organisation employs apprentices, with 46 per cent saying their organisation will employ apprentices over the next 12 months.
The report is based on an online survey of IWFM members in April 2019, to which 251 people responded. IWFM received responses from a broad cross-section of people, including senior managers and decision-makers, and both representatives from client organisations and FM service providers.
The majority of responses were from people in larger organisations, with small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) being underrepresented in the sample, relative to the role they play in the FM market and UK economy overall.