Talent acquisition leaders face many challenges in today’s market, and chief among them is a dwindling number of candidates who have the necessary skills to fill the available jobs.

Cielo’s Sally Hunter, Executive Vice President, addresses this skills gap in a new article she’s written for The HRDirector. In addition to using all the tools at their disposal in the present, Sally stresses the importance of planning for the future through strategic workforce planning (SWP).

From the article:

Do you know where your business is heading, or what skills will be needed? With technology constantly evolving, organisations need to change their recruitment techniques to keep up with the advances in automation, tech, digital skills, demographic changes and globalisation. Particularly with the increasing introduction of automation, artificial intelligence, technology and digital skills, it’s crucial that organisations plan ahead and ensure that solutions are put in place to meet future demand for new skills.

Strategic workforce planning (SWP) enables businesses to create a talent plan in advance and is far more comprehensive than demand planning, typically based on the financial budgeting process. SWP is the integration of the broader business goals into your human capital planning and operational requirements. As such SWP enables senior HR professionals to align skills, roles and people to meet short- and long-term company goals – considering both the existing workforce skills and the availability of talent externally.

Visit The HRDirector to read the full article, “Skills Gap, the Greatest Recruitment Challenge.”


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