Skills shortages

Labour proposes free retraining to tackle ‘skills crisis’

Labour will provide free lifelong retraining for all if it gets into power in next month’s general election.
It pledged...

Lib Dems pledge £10,000 ‘skills wallet’ for all adults

11 Nov 2019

The Liberal Democrats have proposed a £10,000 “skills wallet” for all adults to help fund learning and training over the...

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Majority of recruiters think candidates exaggerate skills

23 Oct 2019

Recruiters are confident they can deliver and their candidates are high quality, but according to research in Europe and north...

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Unemployment may be three times higher than statistics suggest

17 Oct 2019

The amount of “hidden” unemployment in the UK means that the number of people out of work could be nearly...

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Staff ‘sabotaging’ robot co-workers, study finds

30 Sep 2019

Employees are “sabotaging” robots in their workplaces because of fears they will replace their jobs, researchers have found.
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Robots and automation: UK lags behind G7

18 Sep 2019

Entire regions of the UK face being left behind and British businesses could find themselves being uncompetitive, unless the government...

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Businesses ‘crying out’ for apprenticeship levy clarity

17 Sep 2019

The apprenticeship levy system needs to be more accessible and transparent and standards need to be reviewed regularly if the...

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international graduates work visa

International graduates offered two-year work visa

11 Sep 2019

International graduates will be able to stay in the UK for two years to find work under a new immigration...

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Future skills framework to be developed

14 Aug 2019

A framework for “essential” skills – such as teamwork, presenting and problem-solving – will be developed by a new task...

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Wage growth fastest in 11 years

13 Aug 2019

Wages are growing at their fastest rate for 11 years, according to official figures released today. Unemployment increased slightly and the number of vacancies fell for the sixth consecutive time.

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Low-skilled labour supply down by a third in two years

12 Aug 2019

The number of people applying for each role continues to fall – particularly for low-skilled roles – according to the...

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Boris Johnson’s fast-track visas for scientists criticised

9 Aug 2019

A fast-track visa route to help employers attract the “brightest and best” international scientists has been put forward by Boris...

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Two-thirds of employers struggling to find right candidates

29 Jul 2019

The proportion of employers attempting to recruit has risen but two-thirds are still struggling to find the right candidates, prompting...

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higher technical qualifications

Technical qualifications to be revamped to boost uptake

9 Jul 2019

Level 4 and 5 qualifications are to become Higher Technical Qualifications under new proposals.

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Post-Brexit regional skills funding under threat

5 Jul 2019

Regions of the UK are at risk of losing out on £2.1 billion of funding per year, which includes subsidies...

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