Stuart Gentle Publisher at Onrec

"Business owners face a talent dilemma"

Robert Half on today's productivity figures...

Matt Weston, Managing Director, Robert Half UK:

“Today’s productivity figures are proof that industry 4.0 and the resulting war for talent, is starting to make its presence felt in the UK. According to the ONS, productivity has been driven by improvements in labour skills since the financial crisis in 2008. However, in recent years, increased digitalisation in the workplace and the need for businesses to adapt has widened the skills gap in the UK.

“Business owners face a talent dilemma – they must hire people with the skills they need, but it’s also essential they upskill internally in order to plug any skills gap in-house and offer career progression. Employers who want to get ahead of the curve and boost productivity within their organisation should offer wide-ranging benefits packages, alongside an improved remuneration package, in order to attract and retain the top talent. Investing in training and development schemes, in addition to initiatives such as flexible or remote working are vital tools for employers embroiled in the ongoing war for talent.”

About Robert Half

Robert Half is the world’s first and largest specialised recruitment consultancy and member of the S&P 500. Founded in 1948, the company has over 300 offices worldwide providing temporary, interim and permanent recruitment solutions for accounting and finance, financial services, technology, marketing and administrative professionals. For more than 20 years, Robert Half has been named to FORTUNE® magazine’s list of “Most Admired Companies” and offers workplace and job seeker resources at: and