Stuart Gentle Publisher at Onrec

Commentary: CIPD report shows organisations struggle to fill low-skilled roles

Peter Gold, Principal Consultant, at Cornerstone OnDemand believes that the report is a wake-up call for employers and shows the needs to re-train and re-skill staff, focussing on the potential of their current workforce:

The current skills economy, along with the uncertainty of Brexit, has put organisations under pressure to continuously motivate and upskill their workforce. This survey reveals the need to re-skill and re-train staff, as talent pools shrink, British organisations may not be able to recruit the talent they seek. This is a chance for British organisations to leapfrog their global counterparts by focussing on realising the potential of their current workforce as they’ll instil a culture of continuous learning and make their organisation more adaptable to change. Whilst others may try and recruit their way out of a skills crisis, British organisations will make themselves more resilient. 

Implementing modern learning and development programmes that encourage employees to take charge of their own career development have never been more significant, and focussing on evolving skills, particularly softer skills like emotional intelligence which will increase in value as more jobs become automated, will not only boost workforce happiness but will result in an increase in productivity.”