There is a perception gap between the skills employers are looking for from prospective employees and the skills jobseekers believe to be important, according to Learndirect.
Its findings show there is a divergence of views when it comes to workplace skills such as teamwork, communication and dealing with customers.
One in 10 jobseekers think workplace skills are important, whilst 88% of employers say they are a top priority. Getting through recruitment is also a challenge: a quarter of jobseekers sat they don’t know how to create a good impression in interviews; and 42% of employers say the majority of interviewees fail to impress them at this crucial stage.
But jobseekers need to brush up on their basic skills according to the survey as 40% say poor spelling is the area they have been criticised for the most in previous jobs, whilst 56% of employers rate proficiency in English as a top priority when recruiting.
Jobseekers blame the education system for letting them down with 38% of jobseekers and 37% of employers saying schools and colleges need to better prepare students for the job market.