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Skill-shortage vacancies (SSVs) in the United Kingdom (UK) 2011-2015, by country

Proportion of job vacancies that are due to a skill-shortage in the United Kingdom (UK) from 2011 to 2015, by country

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Release date

May 2016


United Kingdom

Survey time period

2011 to 2015

Number of respondents


Special properties

establishments with at least 2 staff

Method of interview

Telephone interview

Supplementary notes

Skill-shortage vacancies (SSVs) are defined by the source as: Vacancies which are proving difficult to fill due to the establishment not being able to find applicants with the appropriate skills, qualifications or experience.
During the survey, employers were first asked to give their reasons for not being able to fill vacancies spontaneously (i.e. without being presented with a list of possible reasons). Any employers not reporting skills-related issues were then prompted as to whether any of their hard-to-fill vacancies were proving hard-to-fill due to a lack of skills, experience or qualifications among applicants, and these responses combined to give an overall picture of the incidence and volume of skill-shortage vacancies in the market.
* Breakdown of unweighted base by country in 2015: -
England: 75,129
Scotland: 6,035
Wales: 6,027
Northern Ireland: 4,014
Unweighted base by country in 2013: -
England: 75,255
Scotland: 6,014
Wales: 5,996
Northern Ireland: 4,014
Total base size in 2011 was 86,522

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