New research reveals that Irish businesses are experiencing the worst talent shortage since 2006, with three-quarters unable to fill vacant roles.

The latest survey by the Manpower Group says the skills gap increased more than five times over the past decade, jumping from 5 per cent in 2009 to 27 per cent now.

The survey of over 1,000 employers across Ireland finds that the Skilled Trades sector - such as electricians, welders & mechanics - is suffering the most acute talent shortage.

It also shows that organisations with over 250 employees are experiencing the most notable skills deficits.