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Bosses battle the skills gap; JOB NEWS.

Byline: TRICIA PHILLIPS

More than a quarter of employers currently have vacancies they are struggling to fill because they cannot find candidates with the right qualifications.

Half of bosses say they have concerns about the growing skills gap in Britain, according to research from careerbuilder.co.uk.

This lack of the right talent for jobs on offer is having a negative impact as firms say they feel work quality is being compromised and they are losing revenue.

Also, lower morale due to employees having to shoulder heavier workloads is leading to a rise in voluntary staff turnover.

Two thirds of companies feel that the skills of workers fail to match those needed for the job vacancies.

The good news is that employers are taking matters into their own hands to create the workforce they need, with the majority believing that they should do more to train workers up.

More and more are hiring people who don't meet all their requirements and are helping them to grow into the position, while two in five plan to train workers who don't have experience in their industry or field.

Half say they provide academic reimbursement, either partial or full, to help workers get the skills and qualifications they need.
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Mar 27, 2014
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