Over half of key UK industries suffering from skills shortages
Published: by
by

More than half of key UK industries believe their sector is suffering a skills shortage, new research suggests.

A survey commissioned by recruitment outsourcing provider Elemense implies that the lack of skills are perceived as worst in the technical and engineering industries, with 57.7% of respondents identifying a problem. This was followed by finance or HR professions, with 26.6%.

Over half (54.5%) of the 1,100 respondents felt that the lack of skills in science, technology, engineering and maths would only get worse over the next five years.

Peter Collis, Managing Director of Elemense, says: “The results come amid fears that the UK is slipping in its capacity to compete against global rivals, particularly in the technology and knowledge-based economy, as businesses and organisations find it increasingly difficult to find candidates with appropriate technical and engineering skills and experience.

“One of the most concerning things is that a majority are predicting the situation will only get worse, and is particularly bad in sectors such as engineering, where expertise is crucial to compete in high value, knowledge-based markets.

"Our country needs growth more than ever and without the skills to compete in key industries we are in danger of being left behind – with all the consequences that will bring for communities, jobs and investment. We hope others will follow us in calling on the government to give this challenge the utmost priority and take action now to ensure that the UK has the workforce for the future.”

| Comments (0)| Comment
Related Stories
Brickies earning up to £100,000 due to skills shortage
Brickies earning up to £100,000 due to skills shortage
A skills shortage in brick laying, plastering and joinery is seeing wages pushed up as companies struggle to fill vacancies...read more ›
Shanghai teachers flown in to teach maths
Shanghai teachers flown in to teach maths
Up to 60 teachers from shanghai will be brought to England to raise educational standards...read more ›
Companies risk losing staff without training investment
Companies risk losing staff without training investment
  Employers who fear investment in training will lead to staff demanding higher pay or disappearing to competitors with their new skills can rest easy a new survey has revealed...read more ›
Dyson to create 3,000 engineering jobs
Dyson to create 3,000 engineering jobs
Sir James Dyson is to create 3,000 engineering jobs at his base in Malmesbury, doubling staff at the Wiltshire headquarters...read more ›
Labour calls for skills courses for JSA claimants
Labour calls for skills courses for Jobseeker's Allowance claimants
Today, Rachel Reeves, the Shadow Work & Pensions Secretary will announce Labour’s plans to force jobseeker’s Allowance claimants with inadequate Maths or English to go back on skills courses as a condition of receiving benefits...read more ›
Adaptable employees the future for businesses
Adaptable employees the future for businesses
Workers' ability to deal with change is becoming a major factor in defining their employability, according to a new report...read more ›
George Osborne calls for increase in space-related jobs
Osborne calls for increase in space-related jobs
George Osborne wants the number of jobs in the UK space industry to increase, it has been announced...read more ›
£30billion Airbus orders protect 2,500 UK jobs
£30billion Airbus orders protect 2,500 UK jobs
2,500 UK jobs have been secured after plane manufacturer Airbus secured deals that could be worth over £30billion on the first day of the Dubai airshow...read more ›