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Skills shortage forcing inflated wages

Almost half of north west tech and digital businesses have had to increase wages above typical levels in order to remain competitive, according to research from independent trade association, Manchester Digital. The annual Digital Skills Audit, revealed that 47 percent of companies had to inflate employee wages by an average of 10 percent for technical industry roles.

Contributor: Katie Gallagher | Published: 14 April 2018

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Struggle to find skilled people continues

Regardless of their hiring expectations, 7 in 10 business leaders think they will struggle to find talent with the skills they need next year. In the ideal scenario, candidates would come with the experience and qualifications required, but a higher skills gap means employers may need to invest in training.

Contributor: David Willett | Published: 7 January 2018

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A third of UK firms looking to globalise IT

Businesses to invest in global infrastructure to combat skills shortage. With nearly six in ten (59 percent) organisations committed to pursuing digitalisation over the next year, the cost of skills to support digital transformation projects is on average 31 percent higher than other IT projects in the UK. Commented Mark Lewis, EVP Products and Development at Interoute.

Contributor: Mark Lewis | Published: 13 September 2017

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Employers risk fuelling UK skills crisis

UK professionals lack the essential skills to perform their roles, and feel woefully unsupported by their employers as they seek to keep pace with the modern workplace. John Yates, Group Director at ILM.

Contributor: John Yates | Published: 10 September 2017

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Labour market issues ease slightly

Regional dynamics of the global labour market: skills in demand and tomorrow’s workforce’ is based on an analysis of professional employment markets across 33 global economies, assessing the dynamics at play in each local labour market.

Contributor: Alistair Cox | Published: 1 September 2017

Shortage of 350,000 cybersecurity professionals by 2022

European firms want to grow their cybersecurity teams by at least 15% in the next 12 months, further showing the need for a response to cybersecurity threats. From Rob Norris, VP Head of Enterprise & Cyber Security EMEIA, Fujitsu.

Contributor: Rob Norri | Published: 14 June 2017

UK’s skills crisis laid bare UK bottom of international class

England and Northern Ireland together rank in the bottom four OECD countries for literacy and numeracy among 16-24 year olds; Employers train less and invest less in skills than most other EU countries. UK is sleepwalking into a low-value, low-skills economy post-Brexit. CIPD urges Government to make skills funding available to tackle low skills in the workplace.

Contributor: Lizzie Crowley | Published: 26 April 2017

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Schools essential to closing skills gap

The Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR) Student Development Survey reports that the development of soft skills needs to start at school, leaving it to universities and employers is too late. Comment from Stephen Isherwood, Chief Executive at the AGR.

Contributor: Stephen Isherwood | Published: 18 March 2017

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Public sector needs emergency skills drought plan

Public sector bodies may need to implement an emergency action plan to avoid losing vital skills warns Dave Chaplin, CEO of ContractorCalculator ahead of April’s IR35 reforms. The advice comes following HMRC’s guidance that invoices paid after 6 April 2017 for work carried out before that date will be subject to the new rules.

Contributor: Dave Chaplin | Published: 15 February 2017

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UK faces deficit of three million high-skilled individuals by 2022

PwC finds that the availability of key skills is a top concern for CEOs, as The Open University highlights the need for wider access to upskilling. Comment from Steve Hill, External Engagement Director at The Open University.

Contributor: Steve Hill | Published: 22 January 2017