Post-pandemic | 59% of Brits want to retrain in new line of work

59% of Brits want to retrain in new line of work

The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted just how essential soft skills are to the agility of companies. Many companies, especially those having to operate with a reduced workforce as staff remain furloughed, will have relied on the ability of staff to take an ‘all hands’ approach to ensuring that work continues.

In addition to this, many thousands of Brits have unfortunately lost their jobs as a result of the economic fallout from COVID, forcing many to find new work in a challenging period. As a result, new research from CV-Library has discovered that a staggering 59% of Brits have said that they would be willing to reskill and retrain in a new line of work.

The company surveyed 1,700 UK professionals to gain an understanding of how workers feel about their job search. The most common reason for people wanting to reskill was because they want to make themselves more employable, with 51.8% of respondents citing this as their key motivator, followed by the fact that they can’t find a job at 32.4% and because they want better job security at 32%.

In addition to this, 30.3% say they want to do a more meaningful job, 29.1% want a role with a higher salary. Still, a significant 18.5% stated that their key motivation is simply a desire to change industries.  

L&D is still key 

The message from this research is clear; workers are looking for learning and development and if this isn’t currently present, they may well look elsewhere. Whilst the HR function will likely have been embroiled primarily in mitigating the effects of the pandemic, learning and development is still an essential part of the function, and one that should not be ignored if retention figures are to improve in this challenging time.

According to Bookboon statistics, this isn’t going unnoticed; 53% or organisations are now prioritising learning and development strategies over the next year, whilst a shocking 75% of L&D managers have identified a key skills gap within their company over the course of the pandemic.

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