Skills gaps: Main causes in the United Kingdom (UK) in 2015

This statistic shows the distribution of the main causes of skills gaps in the United Kingdom (UK) in 2015 as a percentage of all skills gaps. The most common reasons were transient. Lack of motivation, however, was reported by employers in 34 percent of cases.

Distribution of the main causes of skills gaps in the United Kingdom (UK) in 2015*

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Source

Release date

July 2016

Region

United Kingdom

Survey time period

March and July 2015

Number of respondents

18,265 respondents

Special properties

All establishments with skills gaps; up to two skills gaps followed up

Method of interview

Telephone interview

Supplementary notes

* A “skills gap” is defined by the source as when an employee is not fully proficient, i.e. is not able to do their job to the required level. Please see page 181 of the source report for a more detailed description.

It should be noted that employers were able to give multiple responses to this question. As such, although 75 per cent of skills gaps were at least in part due to transient issues, this does not imply that just 25 percent relate to longer-term issues.

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