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Department for Work and Pensions
Research Report No 295
Corporate Document Services

What employers look for
when recruiting the
unemployed and inactive:
skills, characteristics and
qualifications

Becci Newton, Jennifer Hurstfield, Linda Miller, Rosie Page and
Karen Akroyd
A report of research carried out by the Institute for Employment Studies on
behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions

\u00a9 Crown Copyright 2005. Published for the Department for Work and Pensions under licence from the Controller of Her Majesty\u2019s Stationery Office by Corporate Document Services, Leeds.

Application for reproduction should be made in writing to The Copyright Unit,
Her Majesty\u2019s Stationery Office, St Clements House, 2-16 Colegate,

Norwich NR3 1BQ.
First Published 2005.
ISBN 1 84123 911 9
Views expressed in this report are not necessarily those of the Department for

Work and Pensions or any other Government Department.
Printed by Corporate Document Services.
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Contents
Contents

Acknowledgements........................................................................................ v The Authors.................................................................................................. vi Summary....................................................................................................... 1 1 What employers look for when recruiting unemployed and inactive

people...................................................................................................... 5
1.1 Introduction....................................................................................5
1.1.1
Methodology..................................................................... 6
1.2 Structure of this report.................................................................... 7
1.3 Definitions......................................................................................8
1.3.1
Age................................................................................... 8
1.3.2
Learning and training......................................................... 8
1.3.3
Skills and qualifications...................................................... 8
1.3.4
Skills shortages and skills gaps........................................... 9
1.3.5
Occupational groups........................................................ 11

2 Findings from the academic, policy and evaluation literature................... 13 2.1 Key findings..................................................................................13 2.2 Skills and employment in the UK economy.................................... 14 2.3 The demand for skills.................................................................... 18

2.3.1
The range of skills............................................................ 19
2.4 Regional, sectoral and occupational differences in recruitment
demand........................................................................................ 20
2.4.1
Regional perspective........................................................ 21
2.4.2
Sectoral perspective......................................................... 22
2.4.3
Occupational perspective................................................. 23
2.4.4
Unemployment and hard-to-fill and skills-shortage
vacancies......................................................................... 24

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