Employer Skills Survey reveals jobs and skills in demand The most extensive and ambitious UK-wide employer skills survey has been carried out and published, with over 87,000 businesses taking part. The resulting report, produced by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills, will be of particular interest to people choosing or changing careers, as it highlights the skills that employers report are hard to find. Here we take a look at some of the report’s key findings. Hard-to-fill vacancies In the survey,
In the survey, 23% of employers’ vacancies were considered to be ‘hard-to-fill’. Whilst there can be many reasons why a vacancy is hard to fill, the most common reason was found to be a lack of skills, qualifications or experience.
The types of jobs where employers reported that they found it most difficult to find the skills they needed were in the skilled trades occupations such as electricians, plumbers and chefs. This has been the case for some years now. The job areas in which employers reported a particular difficulty getting skilled tradespeople are hotels and restaurants, wholesale and retail, manufacturing and construction.
You can read about how to get into these job areas in these job profile families:
- careers in catering services
- careers in sport, leisure and tourism
- careers in storage, dispatch and delivery
- careers in retail sales and customer service
- careers in manufacturing and engineering
- careers in construction.
The survey also found there were skills shortages in the business services job area, which includes accountants, solicitors and marketing firms.