Skills shortage 'hitting small firms'

The Northern Echo: The Federation of Small Businesses says smaller firms are facing an increasing shortage of skilled workers The Federation of Small Businesses says smaller firms are facing an increasing shortage of skilled workers

SMALLER firms are being hit by a growing shortage of skilled workers which is proving to be a "significant barrier" to growth, according to a new report.

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) says construction and computer services are being particularly badly hit.

A survey of nearly 2,500 firms showed almost a third reported problems recruiting suitably skilled employees.

John Allan, FSB chairman, said: "As the labour market continues to tighten alongside the economic recovery, skills shortages will continue to be an increasing concern for more businesses.

"While this helps to boost the wage bargaining power of workers with the right skills, it poses a risk to the momentum of economic growth and once again underlines a long standing structural weakness in the UK economy.

"Despite the emergence of a skills shortage, these results show small firms are still feeling very confident, with every intention to invest and grow."

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2:30pm Tue 24 Jun 14

RealLivin says...

Not sure about construction but I defiantly know about the computer industry and its down to the wrong qualifications. Academic qualifications are not suitable for the IT industry, it has it own standards and certifications, COMPTIA, CISCO and Microsoft are but a few. These qualifications are based on actually knowing indepth topics, what you need to know and being able to use that knowledge to complete the tasks required. Unfortunately these are expensive (upgrading windows server 2008-2012 certs avg cost £1200 for 3 courses and 3 exams) and not usually covered in schools or colleges and have to be regularly updated at your own or employers costs, only the some of us are prepared to do this hence the shortage and the command of wages we have. The government want a technological industry but are not willing to invest in it
Not sure about construction but I defiantly know about the computer industry and its down to the wrong qualifications. Academic qualifications are not suitable for the IT industry, it has it own standards and certifications, COMPTIA, CISCO and Microsoft are but a few. These qualifications are based on actually knowing indepth topics, what you need to know and being able to use that knowledge to complete the tasks required. Unfortunately these are expensive (upgrading windows server 2008-2012 certs avg cost £1200 for 3 courses and 3 exams) and not usually covered in schools or colleges and have to be regularly updated at your own or employers costs, only the some of us are prepared to do this hence the shortage and the command of wages we have. The government want a technological industry but are not willing to invest in it RealLivin
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