Most low- or semi-skilled workers are in the same jobs as they were five years ago, a new study shows.

Research among 4,000 adults for The Open University revealed that two out of five said they were not in skilled employment, with 84% not improving their skills since 2012.

The report warned that the group of workers were effectively “stuck” in their jobs, with limited prospects for social mobility, especially among women.

A third of those not in skilled jobs do not have access to workplace training, while half have no career progression opportunities, said the report.

David Willett, director of The Open University, said: “The UK is in the grip of a skills crisis, lagging behind its international competitors and this is blighting individual and business potential.

“To compete on a global level the UK needs to shift to a higher skills economy, but that means the livelihoods of many unskilled workers are under threat – unless we invest in training staff and unlock greater potential.”


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