Britain has one of the highest proportion of low-skilled jobs in developed countries, with over one-in-five requiring no more than primary education, according to a new report.
Meanwhile, almost one-third of workers in this country are over-qualified for their job, said the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). The study found there were far fewer graduate jobs than graduates, so skills of many people were under-utilised. The two skills problems, it said, were 'major factors' in the UK's poor productivity levels.
The CIPD called for a commission to be set up to help redress three decades of 'misaligned' skills policy, saying successive governments had allowed a lack of co-ordination between Whitehall departments and policy priorities to send the economy in "contradictory" directions.
Peter Cheese, CIPD chief executive, said: "Unless we address the demand side of the skills equation, we will fail to improve our poor productivity or to achieve the sustainable increases in real wages that have become such a dominant feature of the current media and political narrative."