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

Skill-shortage vacancies (SSVs) in the United Kingdom (UK) 2015, by occupation This statistic shows the proportion of job vacancies that are due to a skill-shortage in the United Kingdom (UK) in 2015, by occupation. The occupation most affected by a skill shortage in 2015 was, at 43 percent of all vacancies, the skilled trades. There were a number of increases between these four years. The largest of which, at 17 percent, was in the machine operations category.
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Skilled trades33%39%43%
Machine Ops14%25%32%
Professionals19%30%32%
Associate Ps.18%26%22%
Caring, leisure et al15%27%20%
Managers20%20%17%
Elementary10%13%16%
Sales9%13%16%
Admin10%13%11%
201120132015
Skilled trades33%39%43%
Machine Ops14%25%32%
Professionals19%30%32%
Associate Ps.18%26%22%
Caring, leisure et al15%27%20%
Managers20%20%17%
Elementary10%13%16%
Sales9%13%16%
Admin10%13%11%
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This statistic shows the proportion of job vacancies that are due to a skill-shortage in the United Kingdom (UK) in 2015, by occupation. The occupation most affected by a skill shortage in 2015 was, at 43 percent of all vacancies, the skilled trades. There were a number of increases between these four years. The largest of which, at 17 percent, was in the machine operations category.
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Release date
May 2016
Region
United Kingdom
Survey time period
2015
Number of respondents
91,210 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.

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