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HR can help your business solve its data skills shortage

If like many European businesses you’re struggling to fill your data roles to enable data-driven business decisions, what can you do about it? Here are some tips on how to address the skills shortage within your own organisation as well as how to get involved with initiatives on a national and global scale. 

Article by: Nick Jewell | Published: 17 January 2019

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Print – Issue 171 | Article of the Week

It's a sizeable problem. While commitment to training and learning is a clear route out of the skills crisis, new research has revealed that too many organisations don’t prioritise employee development, have not implemented digital learning strategies, and have either inadequate or inconsistent review processes.

Article by: Kenny Nicholl | Published: 16 January 2019

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Upskilling: the key to fighting UK business uncertainty, skills gaps and productivity lags

It’s safe to say that UK businesses are facing a period of unprecedented change and challenges and it doesn’t look like it’s going to let up any time soon. Despite rising slightly in 2018, our productivity still lags behind our European neighbours and two years of preparing for Brexit has also cast a shadow

Article by: City & Guilds | Published: 8 January 2019

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INTERNATIONAL – The Rise of The Digital Nomad

Labour shortages in financial and business services are to be most severe, according to the study, with innovative technology fields also hit – global tech giant Microsoft announced earlier this year that a global skills shortage is affecting the fast-growing artificial intelligence (AI) field. It’s not news that the desire for greater workplace flexibility is on the rise. Working from home used to be a real coup for employees who would relish the thought of logging into the work system in their pyjamas and breaking off for a cup of tea whenever they liked.

Article by: Article contributed by Ius Laboris | Published: 6 December 2018

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Poor talent pipelining will create future skills gap crisis

Following the recent announcement that doctors and nurses will now be exempt from Tier 2 visa caps, a specialist healthcare recruitment consultancy has warned that more still needs to be done to advert major future skills gaps. The breadth of career options within healthcare must be promoted to school and university leavers if we are to build strong talent pipelines moving forward. 

Article by: Michael Johnson-Ellis | Published: 19 August 2018

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Skills gaps and Brexit – UK business in crisis

As the UK continues to navigate a period of uncertainty ahead of Brexit, new research published today by the City & Guilds Group and Emsi reveals that nine in 10 employers already struggle to recruit the skilled staff they need. With most industries expected to grow between now and 2024, a significant number of skilled workers will be needed to meet demand.

Article by: Andy Durman | Published: 17 June 2018

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How to win the war for talent – adapt

The UK is in a war for talent. While the unemployment rate shifts month to month, overall this figure has remained relatively low for an extended time - further illustrating the skills shortage across the UK. While there isn’t a single solution to this, the Spring Statement last week highlighted that jobs, skills investment and productivity are high on the agenda.

Article by: Matt Weston | Published: 30 March 2018

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Dear Philip Hammond: Ad-hoc tech investment is no match for a decent apprenticeship strategy

Last month’s budget announcement was full of promise with regard to bridging the productivity and skills gap for the UK as Philip Hammond promised extra funding for artificial intelligence, skills and technology. But when it comes to helping young people find their feet in a struggling workforce, this ad-hoc government funding for impressive-sounding technology misses the mark.

Article by: Nat Gross, President at BIMA | Published: 21 December 2017

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Military can bridge skills shortage

While there has been an increase in A-level entries for science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects, there is now concern that there is a shortage of teachers across technical subjects. The Department for Education Initial Teacher Training census reports that recruitment targets are not being met, despite employment of teachers being at the core of the British government’s strategy to help fill the void of engineers.

Article by: Matt Collins | Published: 21 November 2017

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IT skills drought needs an education shake-up

In a new white paper published today, Future Cert argues that a double-whammy of factors is taking its toll. Traditional education methods are too theoretical and ignore the knowledge, skills and abilities required by 21st Century employers, they say. At the same time, employers are perpetuating skills shortages by failing to support IT staff with the training and development needed to grow their organisations.

Article by: Bill Quinn | Published: 10 November 2017