Worsening shortages of skills may stop UK businesses from taking advantage of the economic recovery, research says. In a survey of 91,000 employers, the UK Commission for Employment and Skills found more than one in five vacancies were down to a poor skills base. The UKCES found 146,200 job vacancies (22%) last year were unfilled because of inadequate skills, compared with 91,400 (16%) two years earlier.
The warning comes as the UK economy is reported to show signs of recovery. On Tuesday, figures released by the Office for National Statistics showed the UK economy grew by 1.9% in 2013, its strongest rate since 2007.
The UKCES report – Skills for Sustainable Recovery – found there were 655,000 vacancies in the UK between March and July 2013, up from 586,500 in 2011.