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UK Recruiters Reveal Most Challenging Roles to Fill


A new study from CV-Library, the UK’s largest job site, has revealed that despite a growing job market, 67.5% of recruitment professionals are still struggling to find the right candidates.

The research addressed over 700 of the UK’s leading recruiters (including agency and in-house professionals) to uncover which job roles pose the biggest challenge for today’s recruitment professionals:

  • Over a third (39.9%) of recruiters reveal that permanent roles are the most challenging to fill
  • Interesting, the least challenging jobs to recruiter for are paternity (3.3%) and maternity (11.5%) cover

When recruiters working in agencies were asked about the most challenging sectors, they revealed that Engineering tops the list as the toughest, while the Tourism & Leisure industry takes the title as easiest:

  • Almost half (49.9%) of agency recruiters admit that Engineering is the toughest sector to recruit for
  • Oil & Gas /Energy  roles come in second place as the most difficult sector to fill with 27.2% of recruitment professionals admitting difficulty
  • Recruiters reveal that Tourism & Leisure jobs are the easiest to recruit for – only 1.5% reveal concerns around finding candidates for these roles

In-house recruiters face similar challenges in trying to find talent, and reveal which department vacancies pose the biggest challenge:

  • Operations tops the list as the most challenging department when recruiting with almost half (49.1%) admit concerns
  • Management roles are second on the list, with 48.2% of in-house recruiters revealing challenges
  • Retail (5.5%), PR and Catering (7.3% each) jobs are revealed as the easiest to fill

For further information on CV-Library and to view its extensive database of over 9.3 million active job hunters, visit CV Library.


CV-Library is one of the UK’s largest online job sites, with the UK’s biggest database of over 12m CVs. The company was founded in 2000 as a response to Lee’s identification of a market niche. As a young carpet fitter at the time struggling to find work, Lee saw a need for an easy-to-use job board benefiting both job hunters and recruiters. With a £9k loan and help from a web developer, the CV-Library website was built. Lee’s raw passion and hands-on marketing strategies lifted the business off the ground and it is this that continues to push his company to new heights.

The business is now one of the fastest growing websites in the country. The team is expanding rapidly, now employing over 200 staff. It has also launched sister website, Resume Library, in the US, where the company is set to expand and take the brand global over the coming years. Lee puts the reason for his success down to working incredibly hard, loving what he does and a strong desire to make the business the best it can be.

Lee has received over 50 awards and accolades to date and was last year recognised as Entrepreneur of the Year. In April 2015 CV-Library was also ranked as number 49 in the Sunday Times Profit Track 100.


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