MEA reveals skills shortage concerns in new report

More than half of event professionals are finding it difficult to recruit new talent.

Meetings & Events Australia (MEA) has released the findings of years of research into skills needs and concerns in the events industry. 

Over three years, MEA has collected data on the industry, which has now been analysed by research organisation McCrindle.

According to the event professionals surveyed, full-time employees are staying in their organisation for up to five years (63 per cent).

Despite this, professionals are feeling the effects of an industry-wide skills shortage, with 58 per cent of respondents having experienced difficulties recruiting.

It revealed there are chronic shortages at mid-level management, with 40 per cent of roles proving difficult to fill, while there is a 23 per cent shortage of suitable candidates for senior management positions.

Other findings included:

  • Two in three organisations (64 per cent) are currently seeking to hire more staff
  • 64 per cent of organisations are likely to recruit new staff online
  • Nine in 10 organisations are adopting flexible working policies to attract staff
  • 51 per cent of professionals believe the industry fails to attract new talent

MEA CEO Robyn Johnson said the research is “critically important” to the industry and provides valuable data.

“MEA will use this research to inform government on the skills shortages and the need for industry support to design our future professional education programs,” she said.

Download the full report here.

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