Fears grow over impact of skills shortage in Ulster
More than half of businesses in Northern Ireland fear they will not be able to recruit enough high-skilled workers to succeed in the future, according to a major survey.
Just under 60% of 61 firms in the province who were surveyed by CBI and Perrson said they required more highly-skilled staff.
Key sectors such as science and engineering, manufacturing and construction were reporting staff shortages - and many of those surveyed by CBI were not confident that they would be able to find the people they need.
CBI director Nigel Smyth said: "While the Northern Ireland economy continues to make headway we must be on our guard as local growth risks being undermined by a shortage of the higher-level skills businesses need to get on - and the situation is only set to get worse.
"High-growth, high-value sectors with the most potential are under the most pressure, like science, engineering, digital and manufacturing."
He said education and skills needed to be more responsive to the needs of business and ensure that young people receive better careers advice.