The Open University (OU) has partnered with the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) to publish a new report looking into the size, nature and impact of the UK skills shortage.
At the moment one of the biggest challenges is staff retention. There are local businesses who are able to offer a more attractive package than ourselves.Medium-sized manufacturer in Wirral
The annual OU report, in collaboration for the first time with BCC, is based on a survey of more than 1,300 organisations of all sizes across the four nations from the public, private and third sectors. The survey found that:
[Staff shortages are causing] a strain on service levels and supply chain.Large manufacturer in Northern Ireland
The report provides an analysis of skills shortages, the associated impacts, recruitment challenges and the effect of flexible working on skills availability – whilst also looking at how employers are responding through business planning and employee training.
Our Business Barometer report highlights the need for employers to take a long-term strategic approach to addressing the skills gaps and that it's more important than ever to take a proactive view on employees’ skills.Viren Patel
Business Development Unit Director, The Open University
Planning for skills has never been more important and it’s time for employers, training providers and policy makers to work together to ensure the skills system delivers for individuals, businesses and the economy.Jane Gratton
Head of People Policy, the British Chambers of Commerce
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