'Lack of skilled workers holding us back' say employers

December 2004
Management Services;Dec2004, Vol. 48 Issue 12, p3
Academic Journal
This article reports that three in five employers are finding it hard to recruit people who are up to the job and it is stunting the growth and competitiveness of British businesses, according to a 2004 survey. The survey of over 13,000 employers conducted by Skills for Business found that over 60 percent of employers have difficulty recruiting people with the skills to do the job. And, as a result of skill gaps amongst their current workforce, a quarter of employers reported that they find it difficult to drive their businesses forward by improving their products or services. These figures are released as Skills for Business--the network of Sector Skills Councils--launches its first major communications campaign highlighting the relationship between skills and productivity. It also revealed that skills shortage is hitting small businesses harder than larger corporates. The Skills for Business network is made up of 25 Sector Skills Councils--either licensed or in development--whose role it is to represent the employers' skills needs and push for changes which ensure skills supply meets demand.


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