New research has found that on average, there is a 30 day gap between an employee leaving an organisation and their replacement starting.
Personnel Today reports that the Addeco PayCheck Survey 2008 questioned 700 employers and discovered that the problem is worse with skilled managers, who typically take almost seven weeks to replace.
In some workplaces this has an impact on other members of staff: one in five respondents said staff worked longer hours in the interim period, while 36 per cent reported increased workloads before a replacement was found.
Overall, the survey revealed that that the average length of employment tenure in Britain is 5.6 years.
Commenting on the results, Steven Kirkpatrick, managing director for Adecco UK and Ireland, said: "With the average time to replace an employee at a skilled manager level at nearly seven weeks, companies need to consider a more efficient approach for sourcing the right employees."
In related news, the vice president of training at SHL Claire Little recently suggested that it is "crucial" that line managers are involved in interviewing candidates.
More than 'crucial', it's a matter of survival, according to ClickAJob marketing Manager Anders Jensen.
"New recruits are the lifeblood of any organisation," he says.
"Talent is short and getting shorter, which makes it imperative that thinking of new staff should be a constant issue."
"Look at the problems you get if it isn't," he goes on.
"Getting caught on the back-foot when an employee gives notice just doesn't happen if recruitment is an on-going process. If there's always a short-list, there's always a contingency plan."
"Same thing with other staff doubling up when somebody leaves," he points out.
"It's a lot easier to ask for extra effort if a solution is in sight," he continues.
"Even better if the problem is solved before happens. With a good list always in place, no manager should ever be caught on the hop."