Tuesday 17 July 2018

Almost half of workforce feel that they are 'too good' for their job

Ireland has one of the highest rates of skill underutilisation in Europe. Stock image
Ireland has one of the highest rates of skill underutilisation in Europe. Stock image

Anne-Marie Walsh

Almost half of workers think they are too good for their jobs, according to a report to be published today.

New research by the Economic and Social Research Institute (Esri) showed that 46pc of employees believed they were overqualified.

As a result, Ireland has one of the highest rates of skill underutilisation in Europe. However, it also showed that almost one in 10 workers, or 8pc, believed they were not up to their job, which is also one of the highest rates in Europe.

This means there is a huge mismatch between the skills workers use on a regular basis and what they are capable of.

The remaining 46pc believed their skills matched their job, which is the fourth lowest rate in the EU, only ahead of Greece, Austria and the UK.

Most workers said their jobs required high levels of literacy and numeracy, but ICT (information and communications technology) abilities were not required as much. Just over 10pc of workers said their jobs called on them to use all three skills.

Research officer Paul Redmond said cultivating a skilled labour force was key to a competitive economy.

"As this analysis finds evidence of skill underutilisation in Ireland, policymakers must consider new approaches that harness the education and skills already acquired by workers," he said.

Irish Independent

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