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Skills Gap Remains Constant but Troubling Finds Survey

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The UK Commission on Employment and Skills (UKCES) has published the Employer Skills Survey (ESS) 2015 and has found that 23 per cent of vacancies went unfilled because of skills shortages. This proportion has not changed since 2013, despite a 42 per cent growth in the number of vacancies in the UK overall.

“This year’s survey points to continued growth in recruitment,” Douglas McCormick, UKCES commissioner, wrote in his foreword to the survey. “But what ESS 2015 also shows is the other side of the coin – the dark side of this increase in recruitment is that a growing number of jobs are being left unfilled because companies can’t find the right people with the right skills.”

Reading, writing and numeracy were among the skills the employers said prospective employees were lacking, with around 25 per cent of applicants falling short in those areas. The skills gap within employment has fallen since 2013, but 14 per cent of employers still report that they have employees who don’t have all the skills they need to do their job.

SOURCE: theglobalrecruiter.com

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Simon Kent is the editor of The Global Recruiter, the voice of the staffing industry around the world.

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