Skills Shortage In Marketing & Media Sector

marketing skillsOrganisations are already concerned over the skills gap for IT and technology workers and the resulting “war on talent”. According to new employment data from the Association of Professional Staffing companies there is also a growing skills gap within the marketing and media sector.

Despite a growth in marketing job openings there has been a 21% fall in actual permanent placements – a sign of a marked skills shortage.

Whilst the marketing and media sector is clearly booming as reflected in the increased number of job opportunities, it is concerning that staffing companies are struggling to source staff to meet the demand. Recruitment consultancies need to not only work with hiring organisations to help plug this gap now, but they also need to work closely to develop effective talent pipelining strategies to prevent further skills shortages in the long run.” - Ann Swain, Chief Executive of APSCo

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Tor Macleod 12:34

ILO Warns of the Global Unemployment Challenge

Following the UN agency’s annual labour market report the International Labour Organisation have expressed concern over the rising risks, as unemployment becomes “a major global challenge for years to come".

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Labour Market a 'Battleground' for Jobseekers

Recent labour market forecasts predict continued employment growth in Q2 of 2013.employment battleground

Despite this positive outlook, the survey shows that there are 45 applicants for every low skilled job. The labour market is still very competitive especially for those with less experience, skills or qualifications.

Jobseekers will need look to training providers and FE colleges to arm them with the skills they need to get an upper hand in this employment 'battleground'.

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Tor Macleod 10:53

How Does Your Degree Define Your Career?

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Does Education = Employment?

Do university graduates end up in jobs relating to their courses, does your degree define your career?

Latest research by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) examines the career paths of graduates following their completion of an undergraduate degree. Certain occupations require specific degrees whereas other careers attract people from a variety of backgrounds. This research suggests that your choice of degree can influence the occupation and eventual sector you work in - but not necessarily in the way initially intended.

"In some cases the choice of undergraduate degree subject will have a strong influence on career paths, as in the cases of architecture and law which not only define people’s eventual occupations but also the sector they are employed in.

"However, in some cases the choice of first degree does not determine where people work. For instance, people with degrees in business and administrative studies and in creative arts and design are employed in most occupations and sectors of the economy."

- Office for National Statistics

As mentioned in 'The Missing Link Between Education and Employment', delivering successful skills and employability training relies on an understanding of the learners and the learner journey.

This research highlights the fact that job destinations sometimes do not match the course itself and offering some insight as to how we can advise those 40% of graduates who did not find work within the first 6 months after graduation on additional skills they could the be equipped with to better find their place within the workforce.

Read the ful report London Analysis, Does your degree define your career?

Tor Macleod 10:59

Infographic - UK Labour Market March 2013

UK Labour Market Statistics, March 2013

This months labour market statistics issue by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) estimate the UK workforce from November 2012 to 2013. 

See our Labour Market Infographic for a snapshot of the UK employment, unemployed and economic inactive population.

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Tor Macleod 09:59


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