Yorkshire top for untapped talent, research finds

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Yorkshire has some of the highest levels of untapped talent in the country, new research has found.

The Employer Skills Survey, published by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills, interviewed over 91,000 establishments across the UK – 7,500 of them in Yorkshire and the Humber. The findings, published today, show that nearly a third of establishments in the region employ staff with higher levels of skills and qualifications than the job needs – as high as any region in the whole country.

Yet despite this, the region also has over 15,000 jobs lying vacant because employers can’t find suitably skilled recruits.

Alex Thornton, senior research manager at the UK Commission for Employment and Skills said:

Yorkshire is famous for its industrial heritage, and now for its renaissance as a centre for finance and culture. It’s also home to some of the country’s largest and best known universities. This rapid change has contributed to a ‘skills mismatch’.

Every under-used worker represents untapped potential for both the employer and the employee. Looking at job design, to see how staff can have the chance to use more of their skills and talents at work, can help to boost productivity and competitiveness, both for the individual worker, the employer and, ultimately, the whole of the UK.