John Longworth, director general of the British Chambers of Commerce, said people are "at the heart" of every successful business, and noted that improving their skillsets will boost the UK's economic competitiveness.
"UK companies continue to invest in their workforce, and they still want to take on staff and expand despite a difficult economic climate. However, firms looking to recruit are stymied by the poor skills available within the local labour pool," he added.
Mr Longworth added that employers also want to see sales recruitment candidates with a strong worth ethic and soft skills such as timekeeping and communication that are fundamental in the work environment.
According to a recent survey by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, 67 per cent of firms are currently focusing on developing skills and competence and 54 per cent on supporting career transition.
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Source: The Sales Director News