With 92% of employers saying they have experienced a shortage of skills over the last year, skills shortages are at an all-time high. This has a knock-on effect on both staff productivity and employee morale – with 49% of employers reporting that productivity has been hit and 46% saying it has affected morale.
While the skill shortage is bad news for employers, it puts valuable employees with the right skills in a good position to negotiate a pay rise with their existing employer, or to get a better salary elsewhere.
But what are the top skills employers will pay more for?
Nearly half (44%) of organisations say they are in need of operations and technical skills to meet their current business objectives. It can therefore be beneficial to keep abreast of the latest technological developments in your industry, and become familiar with any new processes or tools being used. If you can demonstrate a technical skillset employers are looking for, you’ll put yourself top of the list for interviews, and will have a stronger hand when negotiating a new salary.
Over a third (35%) of employers are in need of managerial and leadership skills. As a manager, are your skills up to date? As a potential manager, do you have the skills needed to take your career to the next level? Managerial and leadership skills can be learned both on the job, including through work shadowing and acting up, and through professional training.
With rapidly changing technology, as well as political and economic uncertainty, someone who has the skills to achieve specific goals and meet specific success criteria on time and on budget is needed by 24% of employers. Project management skills encompass technical skills, people management skills, risk management skills and business awareness, along with the ability to work to a deadline and a budget.
You might not have quite the right skills for the job just now, but do you have the potential? In the light of ongoing skills shortages, employers are increasingly seeing the importance of hiring for potential, or training up staff internally, and investing in internal development programmes. Hiring for potential will not only help plug the skills gap, but can also tackle low morale through both career development opportunities for the individual and better staff resources for the team.
Besides these, there are other skills employers value, which may be less tangible, but are essential to a team and to your CV and references when applying for jobs in future.
These skills include:
While skills shortages continue to be an issue across a range of industries, employees with the top skills employers are looking for are in a really good position to get the best possible salaries for their role.
If you are not sure what your salary should be, take a look at our Salary Checker, and discover how much you could be earning.
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