UK employers should formulate a solid recruitment plan to keep skill levels up amid staff departures, according to a new report.
Research from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) has revealed that nearly 80 per cent of businesses suffered from high staff turnover last year, compared with almost 70 per cent in 2005.
Report author Nicola Monson called on employers to do more to safeguard against the threat of unexpected resignations by putting plans in place to draw talent from a variety of different areas.
"Only half of employers currently have a formal resourcing strategy, which suggests many are not planning for the future skills requirements of their organisation," she commented.
She added: "Actively developing employees should not only increase the internal talent pool, in turn reducing their reliance on external candidates, but also see problems retaining staff ease due to new career opportunities."
Flexible working, targeting migrant workers and taking on staff from abroad could also help to alleviate the situation, according to the CIPD.
A recent report from the Social Market Foundation in association with the Disability Rights Commission claimed that enhancing the skills of disabled workers could help boost the economy by £35 billion during the next 30 years.