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Employees must take more responsibility for their own training and development, according to new research. Despite rising unemployment, bosses are struggling to find staff with the right skills.
The problem is especially significant in industries such as IT, finance and energy.
A new survey by Hays found that more than half of private sector employees simply don’t know what skills employers will require in the future.
And around half recognise that their jobs are changing and that they may not have the right skills to do the job in the next five years.
But 61 per cent complain that their bosses aren’t doing enough to invest in their skills, yet more than a third aren’t doing anything to tackle the problem.
Charles Logan, Director at Hays, said: “Many employers have understandably been focusing on immediate survival and agility over recent years, and our research indicates that they may themselves be unsure about the skills they will require in years to come.
“But, employees also need to start taking ownership of their career. Many sectors are still experiencing skills shortages. To take advantage of these vacancies, jobseekers should invest in their future by developing skills that are needed by businesses.”
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