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Friday, 19 August 2011

CBI identifies UK skills gaps

The skills gaps that need to be plugged in the UK in order to ensure economic recovery have been identified by the Confederation of British Industry, following the publication of the country's A-level results yesterday.

Dr Neil Bentley, CBI deputy director-general, highlighted the fact that more students are choosing to study maths and the sciences at A-level as a sign that young people are responding to the needs of the country's businesses.

However, he stressed that there is already a skills gap emerging in this area, with over 40 per cent of companies saying they are having difficulty recruiting people with science, technology, engineering and maths skills.

He added: "Those young people who choose to study degrees can be confident that businesses need their skills. CBI research shows that by 2017, 56% more jobs will require people to hold a graduate-level qualification."

Overall, A-level maths entries have risen by 40.2 per cent over the past five years, making it the second most popular subject at A-level.

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