Document Abstract

Over-skilled and underused: investigating the untapped potential of UK Skills

Notes that a large proportion of jobs in the UK require only low or no qualifications and over-qualification is highest amongst graduates, many of whom end up in non-graduate roles. Suggests that while over-qualification affects more than a quarter of the workforce, over-skilling is a much bigger challenge with just over half of workers reporting that their skills are well matched to their roles and over a third claiming they could cope with more demanding duties. Reports that young people are more likely to report being both under-skilled and over-skilled, as well as those on part-time contracts and workers in low-wage industries. Explains that a lack of opportunities was the most commonly cited barrier to progression and that line managers have a key role to play in fostering a positive workplace environment that enables people to have the confidence to seek promotion.

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Author:
Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)
Year:
2018
Pages:
43
Ref No:
B52136
Source:
Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)

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