The CBI has responded to the latest skills survey published by the UK Commission for Employment & Skills.
Neil Carberry, CBI Director for employment and skills policy:
“While the UK economy is holding steady against global uncertainty, the business need for people with the right talent and skills continues to grow. The positive picture on hiring shows the need to close the skills gap which is having a direct impact on UK firms’ ability to compete, particularly in high-growth sectors.
“Businesses are committed to training and developing their staff with a rise in time and money invested, but the apprenticeship levy may act as a disincentive by increasing the cost of taking on apprentices.
“With the demand for skills on the rise, if the levy is going to work it must have the flexibility for firms to continue to train according to business and industry need.”