Poor practice in HR to blame for skills shortagesOn 18 Feb 2003 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Poor internal HR practices are to blame for a dramatic increase in staffskills shortages, according to a Learning and Skills Council report. The study concludes that a lack of training and HR development is a majorfactor in the rise in the proportion of firms reporting skills shortages from16 per cent in 2001 to 23 per cent. Large employers are the most affected with a third of companies employingmore than 500 staff reporting skills shortages. Three out of 10 firms from the wholesale, retail and hospitality sectorsreport skills gaps followed by a fifth of manufacturing organisations. The Skills in England 2002 research claims that HR practices are inflexibleand employers have been slow to embrace work-life balance.