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Workers say "getting the right people with the right skills" is biggest issue this year


New research from workplace experts, Acas, has revealed that over half of workers (53%) believe that getting the right people with the right skills will be the biggest issue faced by their workplace in the year ahead.

Acas commissioned YouGov to find out what UK employees identified as the most important workplace issues in the year ahead. The other two top issues identified were technological change (36%) and productivity (36%).

Acas Chief Exec, Susan Clews, said: "Employees feel that getting workers with the right skills is a key concern in the year ahead. This could be attributed to uncertainty around our relationship with the EU at the moment or general concerns around skills shortages.

"Technological change is also on people's minds and we have found that if it is not managed well then it can cause stress and impact workplace relations.

"It is unsurprising that productivity continues to be a top concern in UK workplaces. We believe a well-managed and innovative workplace that encourages employee engagement can help improve the UK's low productivity and make the most of people's skills."

The YouGov poll took place between 13th December to 21stDecember 2018 and surveyed 2035 employees below senior-manager level. Participants were asked to pick the three biggest issues faced by their current workplace in 2019. The full results were:

  • Getting the right people with the right skills (53%)
  • Productivity (36%)
  • Technological change (36%)
  • Fit and healthy staff (18%)
  • Equality and fairness (17%)
  • Other (16%)
  • Not applicable - I don't think there will be any issues faced by my current workplace in the next year (15%)
  • Don't Know (6%)
  • Tackling sexual harassment (3%)
Wednesday, 9 January 2019

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