Skills on the increase

PUBLISHED: 13:47 07 July 2006 | UPDATED: 10:25 06 May 2010

The number of skilled workers has increased sharply, after recent shortages, according to a new survey of 74,500 employers. The report, from the Learning and Skills Council, found that the number with a skills gap had fallen from 22 per cent to 16 per cen

The number of skilled workers has increased sharply, after recent shortages, according to a new survey of 74,500 employers.

The report, from the Learning and Skills Council, found that the number with a skills gap had fallen from 22 per cent to 16 per cent in the past few years.

David Way, director of skills at the council, said: "The findings are good news for business, employees, and the economy.

"The report demonstrates that businesses recognise the critical importance of skills and are investing significantly in training and development to increase their productivity and secure competitive advantage."

Skills minister Phil Hope said: "The hard work of all our partners in learning and skills along with the significant investments being made by employers is beginning to pay off.

"But we know we have a real skills challenge ahead if we are to improve productivity and compete successfully in a global economy.


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