A new survey by Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce and recruitment firm Robert Walters aims to develop a better understanding of the skills gap facing the region.

The survey is designed to identify key problem areas for developing and training employees and provide an insight into bridging the skills gap.

The skills gap is a key topic touched upon in the GBCC quarterly business report.

The report for Q2 2017 revealed 65 per cent of respondents who had tried to recruit in the past three months had experienced difficulties.

Furthermore, 27 per cent of manufacturers (a rise of 12 percentage points on the previous quarter) struggled to find candidates with the right technical background.

And 42 per cent of service company respondents faced problems in employing people with the required professional and managerial skillset.

Henrietta Brealey (pictured), director of policy and strategic relationships at GBCC, said: “Skills and access to talent are the top issues for businesses in the Greater Birmingham area.

“We want to understand more about how businesses in the region are finding and training staff and what skills and qualifications they are struggling to recruit for.

“With unemployment in the UK at its lowest rate since the 1970s, companies are often finding themselves competing for a small pool of available candidates.

“With this survey we hope to learn more about local businesses’ experiences so we can be better able to provide support and champion their needs on their behalf. I would encourage everyone reading this to complete it on behalf of your organisation”

The survey takes less than five minutes to complete and can be found here.

If you wish to receive a copy of the results please enter your contact details at the end of the survey.