Skills shortages hindering growth in critical sectors, CBI poll reveals

The CBI will today highlight a skills crisis and redouble criticism of the government's apprenticeship plans. As official figures this week are expected to show wages picking up and unemployment holding at a seven-year low, the CBI will say that a growing number of employers are struggling to fill skilled jobs. The business group's annual skills survey indicates that two in three businesses expect to need more staff with higher level skills in the years ahead, but more than half of those surveyed, or 55%, fear that they will not be able to find them. A net balance of 73% of construction companies and 69% of manufacturers said their demand for high-skilled staff was rising.


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