Skills lacking in applicants to skill-shortage vacancies in the UK 2017

Frequency of skills described as lacking among applicants as a proportion of all skill-shortage vacancies (SSVs) in the United Kingdom (UK) in 2017*

by Daniel Clark, last edited Jan 10, 2019
Skills lacking in applicants to skill-shortage vacancies in the UK 2017 This statistic shows the frequency of skills described as lacking among applicants as a proportion of all skill-shortage vacancies (SSVs) in the United Kingdom (UK) in 2017. The most common skills that employers identified as lacking when trying to fill such vacancies were technical, practical or job specific. 30 percent of applicants were seen to be lacking basic numerical skills whilst 23 percent didn't come up to scratch with regards to using basic IT.
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Frequency of skills described as lacking among applicants as a proportion of all skill-shortage vacancies (SSVs) in the United Kingdom (UK) in 2017*

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Proportion of all vacancies
Specialist skills or knowledge65%
Solving complex problems41%
Knowledge of products and services offered38%
Knowledge of how the organisation works32%
Complexnumerical/statistical skills27%
Reading/understanding instructions,reports etc33%
Writing instructions, reports etc.28%
Basic numerical skills30%
Computer literacy / basic IT skills23%
Advanced or specialist IT skills21%
Adapting to new equipment or materials22%
Manual dexterity17%
Communicating in a foreign language16%
Proportion of all vacancies
Specialist skills or knowledge65%
Solving complex problems41%
Knowledge of products and services offered38%
Knowledge of how the organisation works32%
Complexnumerical/statistical skills27%
Reading/understanding instructions,reports etc33%
Writing instructions, reports etc.28%
Basic numerical skills30%
Computer literacy / basic IT skills23%
Advanced or specialist IT skills21%
Adapting to new equipment or materials22%
Manual dexterity17%
Communicating in a foreign language16%
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by Daniel Clark, last edited Jan 10, 2019
This statistic shows the frequency of skills described as lacking among applicants as a proportion of all skill-shortage vacancies (SSVs) in the United Kingdom (UK) in 2017. The most common skills that employers identified as lacking when trying to fill such vacancies were technical, practical or job specific. 30 percent of applicants were seen to be lacking basic numerical skills whilst 23 percent didn't come up to scratch with regards to using basic IT.
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