This report from the UK Commission for Employment and Skills, supported by the CBI and the TUC suggests that action must be taken to improve skill levels and how skills are developed in order to boost productivity, wages and social mobility.

The report calls for employers to lead the way, working with unions and the government, to ensure the UK has the skilled workforce needed to create better jobs and fight off international competition.

Over the last 20 years, as technology infiltrates most working practices, 4.6 million more high-skill jobs and 1.3 million lower-skill jobs have been created, whilst the number of roles requiring traditional mid-level skills, such as secretarial and clerical roles has declined. Consequently, the career ladder has become harder to climb and it is more difficult for the workplace to facilitate social mobility.