The survey is the key UK data source on employer demand for and investment in skills. It is the first UK wide employer skills survey.
In Wales, over 6,000 employers were interviewed on a wide range of issues including investment in training and staff development, vacancies and skills shortages, and gaps in employees’ skills.
The main findings from the report show that in Wales:
The proportion of establishments recruiting new staff is broadly in line with the UK average, as is the number of vacancies available per employee. So we assess that Welsh labour market demand is broadly in line with the UK. However, there is a higher concentration of hard-to-fill vacancies in Wales than in the UK as a whole.
Although only a small minority of businesses reported vacancies were hard to fill because of skill shortages, nearly all business that did have a hard-to-fill vacancy found it had an impact on the operation of the business (97 per cent).
The survey finds concentrations of skills shortages in particular industries and occupations (such as Associate Professional and Machine Operative occupations, and the Manufacturing and Business Services sectors).
Around 5 per cent of employees did not have the skills required to perform their job role (skills gaps). There were higher concentrations of skills gaps in Electricity, Gas and Water, and Hotels and Restaurants.
Three-fifths of establishments in Wales (59 per cent) provided some form of training for their staff in the previous year, the same proportion as in the UK as a whole.
Training rates varied significantly between occupations and size of employer. Those employed in Elementary or Administrative occupations, those employed in small businesses and those who work in specific sectors (such as Agriculture and Construction) were least likely to receive training.
The executive summary is HERE