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Three in five workers think it's their responsibility to stay employable

Posted: 29 Aug 2017

There is an art to recruitment and it can often feel like HR managers are vendors in a market, shouting out their benefits-come-wares to passing potential employees. However, while the world is abuzz with talk about how to make organisations more attractive for candidates, a new study has found that it is not just employers engaged in this delicate dance.

Indeed, the ball is certainly not just in the employer's court. More than three in five (62%) employees report that they would learn a new skill if it meant remaining employable, which is good news for employers.

Yet, the study – conducted by PwC and titled the 'Workforce of the future: the competing forces shaping 2030' – went further. It found that over half (56%) felt that it was their own duty, rather than that of their employers, to set themselves onto the path of self-improvement. The onus was on them to pursue new skills or retrain completely if they wanted to remain a commendable candidate.

Conversely, with the good news comes a barb; of the 2,000 UK workers surveyed, Brits were found to be the most worried worldwide about the future of work, with 35% stating they were concerned about the future, while 26% said they were confident. Those excited for the future stood at just 18%.

Alex Wilson, UK head of PwC's people and organisation practice, noted that the survey suggested a preoccupation with technology's impact on work. Although, in terms of AI taking over the world, 70% declared that it could never replace the human mind and 78% believed that human-skills and attributes would always be needed.

Wilson's advice? Bear in mind the speed of change. "Jobs of the future are hard to predict, so people should be thinking of themselves as a bundle of skills rather than a defined role or profession," she says.

Employers must provide an array of opportunities for improvement – from education and training to benefits like remote or flexible working – in order to attract and retain top talent. This can be tricky, but when the perfect balance is struck, retention woes become a thing of the past. Get in touch with Stopgap today if you'd like to learn more about implementing employee benefits that attract the best of today's marketing bunch.

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