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Why the UK skills shortage is a cause for concern

As well as the challenge of being able to attract people into the sector, CII research show a significant rise in employers reporting skills shortages.

It is a warning but employers are clear that this is a primarily technical skills issue and that efforts need to be concentrated on technical disciplines. It is also a reflection on the tightening of the labour market as the economy improves.

The situation is not helped by employers' difficulties in finding talented people. However, this is not deterring firms from looking and once again there has been a rise in those looking to increase headcount - an indicator of the improved economic outlook and a sign that UK insurance is keeping pace with the competition.

Insurance has a good story to tell. Those within it see it as somewhere where you can develop and this is one of the reasons why it is a profession where people want to stay.

Although firms might have problems attracting talent, retention is a different matter. The key is to spread this message as widely as possible to ensure we as a sector are able to bring in the brightest and the best, via a multitude of routes.

CII Skills Survey