This report by the CIPD provides a picture of the state of the UK’s skills base and how well workers’ skills are being used and developed at work.
A large proportion of jobs in the UK require only low or no qualifications. Seventeen per cent of survey respondents stated that no qualifications were required for entry to their role and over a quarter (27%) said that only school-level qualifications were required.
While over half (54%) of respondents said that advanced literacy skills were required for their roles, only a third (33%) stated advanced numeracy was needed and just 15% reported that advanced ICT skills were required. When asked about broader skill sets, survey respondents rated communication, problem-solving, teamworking, customer handling, and planning and organisational skills as the most important for their jobs.