Companies in the UK are changing their approach to hiring candidates for their graduate positions, putting less emphasis on academic success and more importance on a candidate’s soft skills. Is this new approach the answer to the ongoing skills shortage?
The Hays 2015 Global Skills Index in association with Oxford Economics states that the UK has a “talent mismatch” score of 9.7 out of 10, marking one of the most urgent skills shortages in Europe. Recruiters have been struggling to hire candidates they believe have the required skillsets, but it is possible that we are beginning to change the idea of what makes the ideal candidate.
In fact, part of the problem may lie with UK companies who demand degree calibre candidates for jobs that simply don’t require graduate qualifications.