Skills shortage 'threatens NI businesses'

It has been suggested that a skills shortage in Northern Ireland is putting serious pressure on the region's businesses.

According to Wilfred Mitchell of the Federation of Small Businesses, the lack of people with adequate skills in a variety of sectors means that small businesses in Northern Ireland are being put under severe strain.

Mr Mitchell believes that solicitors could see more businesses in Northern Ireland arranging dissolution as the lack of a strong skills base means more firms could fail to stay afloat.

Future investment in Northern Ireland also looks unlikely if the skills base is inadequate, Mr Mitchell added, according to UTV.

Speaking at a skills conference in Belfast, Mr Mitchell warned that there is not only a lack of managerial and IT skills in the region, but also a lack of basic numeracy and literacy skills, meaning businesses in the region have a small pool from which to recruit their workforce.

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