UK skills gap

UK Skills Gap Continues to Cause Small Business Headaches

UK Skills Gap Continues to Cause Small Business Headaches

The UK’s skills gap continues to cause small businesses problems with 31% admitting that at least one of their current employee doesn’t have the skills their business needs, the latest Close Brothers Business Barometer (CBBB) has found. Looking to future growth55% of the businesses surveyed have predicted that they won’t be able to find suitable employees because of a skills shortage in their industry (43%) or region (12%). Despite this concern, of the small firms looking to take on staff in 206, only 5% plan to take on an apprentice. Furthermore, 75% of small businesses were found to not have an apprentice programme in place and over half (52%) don’t plan on launching one. According to the CBBB, which interviewed900 small and medium-sized business owners, the top reason for no... »

Small Businesses Are Struggling to Find the Right Staff

Small Businesses Are Struggling to Find the Right Staff

UK small and medium businesses are struggling to find employees with the right skills or work ethic yet the majority refuse to take on an apprentice, a new survey by constructaquote.com has found. 77% of small business owners said they struggle to fill vacancies with 67% of complaining that job seekers do not have the right skills and 47% expressing concerns about a lack of proper work ethic. The survey, which interviewed nearly 2000 small and medium companies, found that, despite the skills shortage, 59% of small firms have never hired an apprentice and only 13% consider an apprentice a viable option. When asked why they had never taken on an apprentice, 40% of business owners said they felt apprentices would leave once training was completed, and 34% said taking on an apprentice was too ... »