Employers struggle to fill entry level positions: report

A report from totaljobs.com in partnership with IPPR,UK labour market insights – the entry-level dilemma’, has highlighted a “serious mismatch” between the skills held by entry-level candidates and those demanded by employers.

While candidates first entering the labour market are reportedly more qualified, 43% of employers with unfilled entry-level vacancies said too few applicants had sufficient ‘employability’ skills such as literacy, numeracy, teamwork and self-management, as well as a general positive and proactive approach to work.

A panel of experts at the report’s launch event suggested that boosting careers advice in schools and targeting students long before university would help prepare young people for the labour market.

James Frearson of totaljobs.com said: “There are a number of things employers can do to help entry-level candidates, such as providing more opportunities for candidates to learn about what is expected of them in the workplace. Paid work experience placements to those still in education, and more investment in on-the-job training and apprenticeships are a great place to start. Recruiters can also help by simplifying their application processes, with a clear selection criteria and constructive feedback for unsuccessful candidates.”