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Skilled workers are more recession-proof says report


New government research has revealed that those with skills are less likely to face unemployment, while unskilled workers have suffered worst during the recession.

The report found that 28% of the unskilled demographic have been left out of work for the past 12 months while other sectors suffering the effects include sales and customer service at a 16% increase in unemployment and ‘skilled trades’ such as engineers and technicians suffering a 13% rise. However, despite common perception that the UK is amidst a ‘white collar’ recession, this sector has only witnessed a 5% loss of jobs with professional occupations being the least effected at only 4%.

Speaking exclusively to, Chris Humphries, chief executive of the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) said: "The data confirms yet again how skills and qualifications really matter when it comes to job security as well as earning. There has been quite a bit of coverage arguing that this has been a white collar recession. These figures suggest otherwise, though it's important to remember that white collar workers sometimes don't show up in the official figures - because they often get significant redundancy packages, Job Seekers' Allowance doesn’t make a big contribution. And because they often get new jobs quickly, many of them simply don’t bother to register with Job Centre Plus.

"Despite this, the overall message is clear – the higher your skills, the less the risk of unemployment, and the less the length of unemployment."

Access the full report from the UKCES website here.

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