New research has shown that employers value basic numeracy, literacy and IT skills more than technical or sales techniques. Numeracy came out as the most important skill, with 92% of employers saying it was vital, followed by basic IT at 91%.

The results come from a survey by the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Other vital skills were listed as problem solving (90%) and literacy and written communication (90%), but these were ranked slightly below numeracy and IT.

Job specific skills such as technical skills (86%) and customer and sales skills (85%) were ranked of lower importance, and foreign language skills were only identified by 55% of employers.

(Source – TSNLA Policy in Your Pocket Summer 2018)