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.
Published: 19 August 2018
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.
Published: 17 June 2018
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.
Published: 30 March 2018
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.
Published: 21 December 2017
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.
Published: 21 November 2017
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.
Published: 10 November 2017
If the UK is to maintain its position in the global economy, it’s crucial that we address the skills shortage now. Targeted recruitment may be part of the answer, but it’s only a short term fix. We need to focus on upskilling our current workforce, to give them the competencies needed to thrive not only today but in the coming years.
Published: 21 October 2017
Britain’s STEM skills shortage is easing, with candidates’ appetite for STEM jobs now reaching 90 percent of the number of vacancies. Comment Mariano Mamertino, EMEA economist at the global job site, Indeed.
Published: 21 September 2017
Increasing levels of gender diversity, widening talent pipelines and improving the wider public image of the sector will help to tackle the ongoing skills shortages plaguing the construction industry. From Paul Payne, Managing Director of One Way.
Published: 7 August 2017
Over five million UK employees are ‘over-educated’ for their jobs - a third more than a decade ago and UK productivity held back as employers fail to make use of employees’ skills. From Joe Dromey, IPPR Senior Research Fellow – IPPR.
Published: 1 August 2017