Skills shortage hinders flexible working opportunities


Skills shortage hinders flexible working opportunities
Businesses are being held back by the lack of employees with sufficient skills and training to utilise workplace technology, it has been reported.

A poll of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the West Midlands found that 62 per cent said they cannot offer third-generation flexible working as their employees lack the required skills.

Third-generation flexible working constitutes the use of flexible hours, locations and virtual offices to conduct business.

However, the report found that 47 per cent of businesses were unsatisfied with their employees specialist IT skills and 91 per cent of managers had not been trained in managing flexible workers or were unaware of the criteria of IT training.

As businesses and employees strive to keep abreast of technology, the virtual office, which provides an answer phone and mail forwarding service to base-less entrepreneurs, is becoming an increasingly popular and viable way of doing business, according to Eclipse Internet.

Related categories: HR / Recruitment.

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