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UK Skills Survey Shows Managers Missing out on Training

UK Skills Survey Shows Managers Missing out on Training
10 July 2012 John Moore

Parts of the UK Economy have Developed Skills ‘Potholes’, with Deep & Persistent Gaps Damaging Performance in Key Areas, a New Government Report Reveals.

The Skills Survey 2011, produced by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills, interviewed over 85,000 employers across the UK. It found wide variations in the provision of training by both sector and geography, for instance more than eight out of ten employers in Halton, Cheshire provided training for their staff, compared with fewer than half of employers in some inner London boroughs.


This report looks in detail at findings across the country and breaks our results down by UK nation, sector, occupation and size of establishment. Four forthcoming reports will cover the trends through time in each of the four nations. The UK Commission for Employment and Skills has published results from the first ever employer skills survey to cover the entire United Kingdom. Over 87,500 employers from England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland were interviewed as part of the project.

Shockingly managers are the surprise losers, with only 45 per cent of employers providing any management training. “This is a real concern especially within the private sector”, said Exponential Director John Moore. “If we are to grow our way out of the economic quagmire, we need to exploit every performance and productivity tool and this must include up-skilling managers”.


Some of the other findings from the report include:

  • Almost 1.5 million employees did not have the skills required to perform their job role
  • Just over a half of employees (54%) received training in the previous year and this varied significantly between occupations, with 45% of those employed as managers receiving training compared to 70% of those employed in caring and leisure services
  • A substantial minority of employers (41 per cent) provided no training at all in the past 12 months
  • Most of the money employers spend on training goes outside the public system – to private training providers, not schools, colleges and universities

Jeremy Anderson, Chairman of Global Financial Services Practice at KPMG, and a Commissioner at the UK Commission for Employment and Skills said:

“Some employers are outstanding at training their staff, but many are not. This has led to the development of so-called ‘skills potholes’ – areas, sectors or occupations which are suffering from deep, painful and persistent skills gaps. Like potholes they are often ignored, but risk making the road to economic recovery throughout the UK bumpier and slower than it needs to be”.

If you would like to review the full report it can be downloaded by clicking here.

John Moore has over 20 years experience of training and developing Managers, Coaches, Consultants and businesses. As Managing Director of Exponential Training, John researches, speaks, blogs and writes about how to improve performance. He also designs and delivers engaging, fun and interactive learning programmes. John is a Fellow Chartered Manager and has worked with managers and organisations in over 20 different countries.


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