Skills shortage vacancies are growing at twice the rate of jobs, study warns

Despite job vacancies in England returning to their pre-recession levels, skills shortages have also grown significantly, a study published by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES ) warned.

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According to a news report on the matter, the Employer Skills Survey polled in excess of 90,000 employers across the country. Figures obtained from this study point out that 559,600 job vacancies were recorded in England between March and July 2013, up 45% from 2009, but the amount of skills shortage vacancies created nearly doubled over the same period, increasing from 63,100 to 124,800.

Furthermore, the study also showed that almost half of employers across the UK (48%) had recruited people with higher levels of skills and knowledge than required for the job.

Confederation of British Industry director for employment and skills Neil Carberry commented on the findings: “We must expand access to high quality apprenticeships and other ‘learn while you earn’ schemes and ensure that these meet the needs of both businesses and employees.”

To equip young people with the knowledge they need, there must also be a sea change in the quality of careers advice in schools, so they are more aware of the opportunities and rewards of working in key sectors which face skills shortages.”

Implementing a very solid and reliable workforce management system designed specifically to provide directors with the required tools for managing their available “skill pool” is something every company should consider, and this is specifically where Tensor plc could puts its extensive experience to very good use.

Tensor Personnel allows you to record a vast amount of personal information about your company staff, including here basic details, course attendance, educational history, language skills, professional institute memberships, skills, etc.

It’s also very important to point out that the management of employee training is a key component of Tensor Personnel. The Course Planner is where employees are booked onto course sessions to obtain skills that they require to perform their duties. Individual employee training records are updated automatically as courses are completed, along with qualifications / certification earned.

If you’d like to find out more about the Tensor workforce management solutions, just contact our team or Book a Demo, we’ll be more than happy to answer all of your questions and queries.

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