Skills Gap – Emotional Intelligence

A recent trend in the UK jobs market that has been uncovered is that there is an emotional intelligence skills gap.

After being surveyed, employers ranked emotional intelligence as increasingly important for employees’ that are entering today’s workforce. It is even being ranked higher than work experience or holding a degree.

The definition of emotional intelligence is defined as being able to be aware of one’s own emotions and to handle interpersonal relationships with empathy. This is predicted to be fundamental in an ever-evolving work environment that is being shaped by technology.

The top five skills that employers are looking for are all related to emotional intelligence and these skills are:

  1. Effective communication
  2. Adaptability
  3. Time Management
  4. Listening
  5. Self-awareness

There is also evidence that employers are not helping to close the emotional skills gap. Over the last year, the wording of job adverts doesn’t reflect the skills and traits businesses say they want to see from applicants.

With this, our Skills Work product can identify and agree your learners’ strengths and weaknesses and then design a tailored and personal learning plan based on those areas for future development. The Skills plan also directs learners’ to specific resources which will help improve their skills.

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