Considering the untapped potential
of millions of working age people
in the UK
We need more skilled people to fill jobs
The number of high skilled jobs have steadily increased over recent years with almost 13% growth seen between 2011 and 2019.
But are we giving people the skills they need to do these jobs?
To increase skills we need to ensure more people have access to regular workplace training.
Our research found that almost half of respondents (47%) had not taken part in any workplace training in the last three years with 26% saying that had not received any training for at least a decade.
People value training
77% of people who had received training told us that it helped them to do their job better.
But we are not using people’s skills in the workplace.
60% of respondents told us that their skills were underutilised at least 50% of the time.
We are not utilising older workers effectively
Those aged 18 - 24 are most likely to change career in the next 5 years 83% vs 21% of those aged 55+.
And yet 55+ were most likely to have received training more than 10 years ago (17%) and were the less positive about their career prospects (27%).
We are not valuing the contribution of part-time workers
61% of our survey respondents told us that they work full time, while 17% said they worked part-time (between 8 – 29 hours per week).
Women (51%) are still much less likely to be working full time than men (73%).
People from less advantaged socioeconomic backgrounds (C2DE – 41%) are also far less likely to be working full time that those from more advantaged socio-economic backgrounds (ABC1 – 71%).
We are not giving the same opportunities to progress
People from higher socio-economic backgrounds were far more likely to state that they believed that their education had been helpful in getting them a job (57%) than those from lower socioeconomic groups (35%).
People from more affluent socioeconomic groups (ABC1) were much more likely (37%) to have received training in the last 6 months than those from less affluent socioeconomic groups (22%).
We are not making best use of workers outside of London
People living in London (73%) were much more likely to be working full-time vs people living in the North East who were the least likely (45%).
People living in the North East (31%) and people in Wales (29%) were far less likely as those living in London (64%) to say that there were lots of job opportunities in their area.
People living in London (44%) are far more likely to have received a higher level of education than the rest of the nation (30%).
People living in the North East (71%) were far more likely than people living anywhere else to believe that there were hardly any jobs in their area, with those living in London (29%) least likely to believe this.