Skills shortage still prevalent in UK – infographic

The latest Hays Skills Index has shown that while the UK remains a good place to do business, skills shortages still remain “particularly in technical engineering roles, specialist technology and qualified finance roles.”

The index, now in its fifth year, shows that while the UK has improved its overall skills position relative to the rest of the world, more work needs to be done to marry up education policy and economic need, and to close the skills gap. Hays points out that there are several ways of doing this, but in the wake of Brexit, a sensible immigration policy is critical.


Skills gap getting more serious

“The skills gap is something that we at Hays have been talking about for a long time, but the issue is becoming more serious as each year passes,” says chief executive Alistair Cox. “To address this problem, we need to make a clear distinction between skilled migration and mass immigration, looking at new ways to ensure each market is attracting the best and most relevant talent. Governments need to identify skilled roles that aren’t being filled by local workers, opening up their labour markets to appeal to more overseas candidates regardless of their origin.”

Cox also made the point that businesses and governments need to work more closely together to create policies that will train and develop the skills of the future. “These aren’t just new digital skills – such as coding, programming, informatics and data analysis – although these are critically important,” he says. “It’s also the softer ‘employability skills’, including problem‑solving, communication and negotiation, which are often neglected in education but highly valued by business. This training must apply not only to new graduates, but also middle managers and older workers.