Study highlights worrying shortage in skilled workers

A new study has urged employers to plan their staff drives well in advance to avoid coming face-to-face with the UK’s shortage of skilled workers.

The UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) has highlighted a worrying rise in employers who cannot find the right members of staff to fill their roles.

According to, 22 per cent of vacancies are being left open as businesses go in search of candidates with their ideal skillsets. This is up from a less worrying total of 16 per cent from 2009. 

Some of the skills mentioned by the 91,000 employers surveyed ranged from the advanced to extremely basic. The number of skill shortage vacancies resulting from oral communication rose to 41 per cent, up from 37 per cent in 2009, while a lack of literacy was evident in 34 per cent of unfilled jobs, up from 28 per cent in 2011. 

Douglas McCormick, a commissioner at UKCES, said: “This (report) shows that businesses need to start thinking about planning their talent pipeline now – not waiting until they are unable to fulfil contracts because of a lack of skilled staff.”

As reported by, the news comes as Britain’s economy is poised to grow by the fastest rate since 2007.

by Boyce Recruitment on January 31, 2014

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