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*

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Release date

October 2018


United Kingdom

Survey time period

March and July 2017

Number of respondents

3,244 respondents

Method of interview

Telephone interview

Supplementary notes

* Skill-shortage vacancies (SSVs) are defined 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."

Methodology and background note (from source):
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.
Employers who reported having vacancies that were difficult to fill because of skill shortages were read a list of types of skills and asked, for each occupation in which they reported skill-shortage vacancies, which skills were lacking. This statistic shows results based on the total number of skill-shortage vacancies (as opposed to establishments with skill-shortage vacancies).

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