Department for Education Employer Skills Survey 2017 results released today show again how communication and performance skills are high on the agenda for most employers.

 

Skills lacking among applicants for hard to fill vacancies

68% Management and Leadership: Managing or motivating other staff, Persuading and influencing others

45% Sales and Customer Skills

43% Communication Skills: Instructing, teaching, or training people, Making speeches and presentations

37% Team working

37% Self Management: Manage one’s own feelings and handle the feelings of others.

 

There has been little change since 2015 in terms of the types of skills that employers most commonly judged to be deficient among their workforce:

51% Team working

53% Managing and motivating staff, persuading or influencing others

49% Sales and Customer Skills

44% Self Management: Manage one’s own feelings and handle the feelings of others

44% Communication skills: Instructing, teaching, or training people, Making speeches and presentations

Most employers (62%) reported a need for at least some of their staff to acquire new skills or knowledge in the next 12 months. 31% Staff having been on training but their performance not improving sufficiently.

 

As organisations continue to grow and adapt to the changing world, employers anticipate that staff will need to acquire new skills over the next twelve months. These skills include:

71% Managing and motivating staff, persuading or influencing others

54% Communication skills: Instructing, teaching, or training people, Making speeches and presentations

45% Sales and Customer Skills

40% Team working

34% Self Management: Manage one’s own feelings and handle the feelings of others


SOURCE: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/733509/Employer_Skills_Survey-report.pdf


 

See the evidence page on this website for other facts and figures to show that communication and performance skills are important to most employers.