Managing workers isn’t always easy and it’s no surprise that many firms now take advantage of payroll outsourcing systems and other HR-related assistance. This can make bosses’ lives easier and it also helps to ensure that personnel are paid correctly and on time.

However, another issue troubling companies at present may be recruitment. According to the CIPD/Hays Resourcing and Talent Planning Survey 2013, which was launched at the recent Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development conference in London, competition for well-qualified candidates is intensifying.

The study revealed a three-fold rise in the proportion of employers reporting an increase in such competition over the last four years. The figure went up from 20 per cent in 2009 to 62 per cent in 2013.

Meanwhile, six in ten organisations stated that they had experienced difficulties trying to fill vacancies in the last year, with managerial and professional roles the hardest to fill.

Responding to the findings, research associate at the CIPD Ksenia Zheltoukhova said: “Although our Labour Market Outlook survey found that the low-skilled jobs market is a battle ground for job seekers, with more than 40 applicants per vacancy, our annual resourcing survey shows that employers still struggle to find talent that is well qualified.”

To help recruit and retain the best possible workers for their organisations, it is important that bosses make use of suitable HR solutions. Thankfully, it is now straightforward for businesses to access assistance of this kind and by bringing in expert help, they can ensure their processes run smoothly.